In celebration of The Monkees television series’ 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone reports the iconic 60’s boy band is back and is releasing new music.
The band’s original heartthrob Davy Jones unfortunately passed away in 2012, but the new version of the band is recording music again. There is a listing, on Amazon, for a new Monkees album called Good Times, slated for release on June 10th on Rhino.
The album is set to have a slew of famous writers on the credit list including: Harry Nilsson, Andy Partridge, Rivers Cuomo, Neil Diamond, Monkees original member Michael Nesmith—and it has just emerged that Paul Weller has written a song with Noel Gallagher for the album.
The Weller/Gallagher song title is yet to be announced, but with this pairing, we know it will be something special.
The word is that the band is delving back into vintage unfinished recordings, and finishing them up. There’s a Davy Jones vocal for the track “Love To Love” written by Neil Diamond, and the band will also resurrect an old demo from Harry Nilsson for the song “Good Times”. Using Nilsson’s old guide vocal, the song will be a duet between Nilsson and his friend Micky Dolenz.
Talking about the album, which is produced Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy), Dolenz says: “This is one of the most exciting Monkees projects I’ve been involved in for decades! Working with Adam Schlesinger has been a pure delight and the opportunity to sing a duet with my old buddy, Harry Nilsson, is just beyond cool!”