Episode #17: ‘The Monkees – Fake or Real?’

They’ve been labeled the Prefab Four, America’s answer to The Beatles; a manufactured group performing songs on TV and in concert that were written by accomplished composers and recorded by crack session musicians. All of which is true—up to a point. Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork boasted assorted pedigrees as actors and/or musicians, and they eventuially exerted greater control over their own career. But, as fast as they became superstars on both sides of the Atlantic, they flamed out, and to this day the debate continues regarding their musical validity and credibility. Which is where Richard, Erik, Allan and Craig enter the picture…

The music featured on this show comprises a wide array of singles, session tapes, outtakes and tracks from the albums ‘The Monkees’ (1966), ‘More of The Monkees’, ‘Headquarters’, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ (all 1967), ‘The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees’ and ‘Head’ (both 1968).

Featured Tracks:

  • (Theme from) The Monkees
  • Mary, Mary
  • Goin’ Down
  • (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Daydream Believer
  • Your Auntie Grizelda
  • Ladies Aid Society
  • Saturday’s Child
  • Papa Gene’s Blues
  • Take a Giant Step
  • Last Train to Clarksville
  • I Wanna Be Free
  • She
  • When Love Comes Knockin’ (at Your Door)
  • Sometime in the Morning
  • The Day We Fall in Love
  • Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)
  • Laugh
  • I’m a Believer
  • Gonna Buy Me a Dog
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • Randy Scouse Git
  • Shades of Gray
  • A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You
  • Salesman
  • The Door into Summer
  • Words
  • What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?
  • Star Collector
  • Love is Only Sleeping
  • Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky
  • Valleri
  • Ditty Diego – War Chant
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday

Episode #16: ‘The Beatles’ Superstarr Drummer’

Rock-solid and understated, subtle yet ballsy, inventive and full of feel—these are just some of the descriptions that have been applied to the artistry and iconic, highly influential drumming of Sir Richard Starkey, M.B.E. Now, hot on the heels of Ringo’s 78th birthday, Richard, Erik, Allan, and Craig analyse and appraise his Beatles-related contributions behind the kit—both onstage and in the studio—while discussing his musical evolution, comparing him to his contemporaries, and assessing if he was indeed the man best suited to drum for the world’s greatest rock group.

Featured tracks:

  • Rain
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • She Loves You
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Please Please Me
  • Thank You Girl
  • I Feel Fine
  • You Can’t Do That
  • You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • A Day in the Life
  • Long Long Long
  • The End
  • Good Morning Good Morning
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)

Episode #15: ‘An Acidic SMiLE’

Arguably the most famous of all unfinished albums, at the center of an infamous showdown between Brian Wilson and his fellow Beach Boys, SMiLE was envisaged as a means of elevating the standard pop opus to unprecedented artistic heights. Commercial considerations, a copious intake of drugs and Brian’s rapidly deteriorating mental health put paid to that—especially after he heard The Beatles’ landmark Sgt. Pepper. For years it was alleged that he had destroyed the session tapes, yet these eventually emerged intact and a rejuvenated Brian has since performed the entire set live. So, how would SMiLE have fared if released as intended at the start of 1967? And what kind of impact might it have had on the contemporary music scene? Erik, Richard, Allan and Craig dive into this intriguing, part-tragic, ultimately inspirational topic along with special guest John Anderson, the Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated director of numerous films featuring Brian, The Beach Boys and assorted other rock luminaries.

Check out John’s credits here: http://www.thisisandersonproductions.com/AboutUs.html

Featured tracks:

  • Our Prayer/Gee
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Do You Like Worms? (Roll Plymouth Rock)
  • I’m In Great Shape/Barnyard
  • You Are My Sunshine/Old Master Painter
  • Cabin Essence
  • Wonderful
  • Look (Song for Children)
  • Child is Father of the Man
  • Surf’s Up
  • I Wanna Be Around/Workshop
  • Vega-tables
  • Holidays
  • Wind Chimes
  • Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow
  • Love to Say Dada (In Blue Hawaii)
  • Good Vibrations