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“They would just sit around for hours and drink wine and carry on, and try to get takes of this tune…He wouldn’t take help from anybody. At this point in time I thought my communication with the guys was pretty good, and I could talk to them and whatever else. There were a couple of times he got a little hot about doing this. I’d say, ‘Hey, you’re wasting a lot of time. Either we do this track, or we get on with it.’ We must have done a hundred takes on that thing. He sort of went off on his own in a lot of ways, and there was a little resentment between the guys in not working together.” ~ Hank Cicalo on recording ‘Lady’s Baby’, The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees Deluxe liner notes – 2009

 

 

“By that time it was pretty obvious that The Monkees were over. Davy and I were still getting along, but we were mainly fulfilling a contractual obligation to the record company – that’s what Changes is all about. I was quite happy to do it as long as somebody wanted to record me. It was as simple as that.” ~ Micky Dolenz, Changes liner notes – 1994

 

 

 

 

“At the time we were all thinking that we could go on and have our own careers. But basically, when Peter quit that was kind of the end of The Monkees. I just kind of wound down. There wasn’t any great last moment.” ~ Micky Dolenz, Changes liner notes – 1994

 

 

 

“That was not an album. It was just Jeff Barry and Andy Kim doing an Andy Kim album. Andy Kim couldn’t get it sold, so they took his voice off it, and they put us on it. That’s how that came about. That was such a con. That was a way of keeping Micky Dolenz and me out of the studio so they could sell Partridge Family albums. I have very bad memories about that trip to New York.” ~ Davy Jones, Changes liner notes – 1994

 

 

 

“Basically, the movie Head is not the story of The Monkees’ release, it is Rafelson’s idea of who The Monkees are. Nobody comes off too good in this movie. If you look carefully, Davy gets called a ‘Manchester midget greenie,’ Micky is a blithering space case, I am some Indian wise man’s mouth piece who doesn’t know what he’s doing, and Mike is a con man. That’s because Rafelson is a cynic – he has a low view of life, and he doesn’t mind spewing it in your face. He thinks life sucks, and if you don’t think it sucks, then you’re a fool. The movie is not pure bad by any stretch. But finally, the point of it is pretty grim. The way Head ends is, if we’re not trapped into a black box, we’re trapped in a mobile pool of water.” ~ Peter Tork, Head liner notes – 1994

 

 

 

“I included a song (‘Papa Gene’s Blues’) that was originally released on the first Monkees album, but this was a rare happening. As a general rule, I don’t perform my songs from that era, although in the right specific circumstances I would enjoy performing those songs live.” ~ Michael Nesmith, Live at the Britt liner notes – 2008

 

 

 

“I have been asked if it’s strange to sing a love song like “Harmony Constant” in concert (i.e. a period of time after the writing and original recording) when one is no longer with the person to whom it is addressed. In my case love songs tend to be impersonal – even when they have a proper name as the title. Love is all around, as it is said, and these songs are usually comments on that fact more than the specific instance of the fact occurring.” ~ Michael Nesmith, Live at the Britt liner notes – 2008

 

 

 

“I don’t have any idea how that happened. I think that The Monkees always played it better. I can’t remember a studio version being better than the way we played it live, because live it was just pure unbridled energy.” ~ Michael Nesmith on ‘Circle Sky’, Head liner notes – 1994

 

 

 

 

“By that time, it had all gone very sour because we’d struck. Davy and Mike and I had gone on strike the first day of the filming of the movie to get a better deal. We had discovered finally after so many years that we were getting ripped off pretty bad. So we decided to strike. Peter didn’t – he was the scab. I don’t think Bob and Bert ever forgave us for that.” ~ Micky Dolenz on the first day of shooting ‘Head’, The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees Deluxe liner notes – 2009

 

 

 

“We couldn’t find a producer we like…I mean, I liked Chip Douglas on the first album he did with us – Headquarters – but the second was not a true Monkees album. It was a Chip Douglas album performed by The Monkees. I don’t think the Pisces album was as groovy to listen to as Headquarters. Technically it was much better, but I think it suffers for that reason.” ~Peter on Chip Douglas, The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees Deluxe liner notes – 1968

 

 

 

“It was kind of Peter that was really the one who drifted away first. He lost enthusiasm for me somewhere along the line and just wanted to do his own thing. Then everybody did.” ~Chip Douglas on being ‘fired’, The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees Deluxe liner notes – 2009

 

 

 

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