monkees-birds-bees.jpgMove over Clientele.  Yesterday on Little Radio we re-aired the Aquarium Drunkard show’s year anniversary show with special guests The Switch. If you did not catch it live, either time, you can download the podcast version here.

Besides playing live upstairs in the loft studio, the band took turns guest DJ’ing. Included among the choice sides played was The Monkees swirly, psychedelic “P.O. Box 9847” off their 1968 LP The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees. Sooo good.

Always great to hear what artists do when untethered from corporate interests, as this was the last Monkees LP before the canceling of their television show, et al. And, of course, I had to drop the absolutely delicious, bubblegum, pop hit off the album on ya’ll as well — “Daydream Believer.” Chewy.

Also: Speaking of The Monkees I have been listening to Mike Nesmith’s solo country rock album, And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’, from 1972. Expect a post about that in the near future.

MP3: The Monkees :: P.O. Box 9847 (highy recc’d)
MP3: The Monkees :: Daydream Believer
Amazon: The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees

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7 Responses to “The Monkees :: P.O. Box 9847”

  1. Nice post, though, ironically, “Daydream Believer” is perhaps the only Monkees’ track that i actively dislike; Davy Jones’s nasal simpering on this one is more than my ears can withstand, but i’m prepared to concede that it’s simply down to its miserable karaoke popularity.

    Everything i’ve heard by Mike Nesmith & the First National Band warrants repeated play – “Tantamount to Treason”, also from 1972, is definitely worthy of investigation, as is “Wax Minute”, the single from the same album. And who in their right mind could possibly resist 1977’s “Rio”, just possibly the best cocktail shaker hangover cure ever pressed on vinyl ?

  2. Nice post- love the site, and the Monkees are one damn underrated band. Who cares who played (or didn’t play) on all the tracks, the songs- and recordings- are awesome.

    My only complaint is the use of the word “chewy” to describe “Daydream Believer”, I realize it is an allusion to the “bubblegum” aspect of the song but it seems nasty for some reason. Chewy? Ugh.

  3. Loving it! The Monkees do need more recognition, they are no joke.

    Looking forward to your post on Nesmith’s First National Band. I’m a big fan of his first solo album, Magnetic South. I’ll try to write it up soon.

  4. I’m sure you’ve checked it out already but the soundtrack to their movie ‘Head’ is pretty awesome, specifically ‘Circle Sky’. The movie is actually really awesome as well, (Bob Rafelson directed, and Jack Nicholson co-wrote it with him and the band) it’s a great slice of late 60’s psychedelia and it’s even got a Zappa cameo to boot!

    And Risingstorm is dead right on ‘Magnetic South’; ‘Hollywood’ is one of those tunes that just doesn’t quit. It’d be a fine addition to that sweet L.A. Burnout comp you posted a ways back.

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  6. I’m a Monkees fan, and I dig this tune, but it is, after all a Boyce/Hart composition (like Last Train to Clarksville, Monkees Theme, etc.), so while the production is a bit trippy, it’s still just basically a straightforward pop song. My monkees faves include The Girl That I Knew Somewhere (Nesmith composition) and I Don’t Think You Know Me at All (unreleased, possibly another Nesmith composition).

    Love the blog

  7. As the e-mail address shows I am a fan from way back. I agree Mike Nesmith is my favorite of the four. I have always enjoyed his humor and music for many years after the Monkees.

    Keep up the good work

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