Monday, December 11, 2017

Episode #12! Big Holiday Show! Jodi Ritzen Debuts! Rare X-Mas Tunes! More!

Break out the eggnog and candy canes! Our fabulous Happy Holidays 2017 episode #12 is here! Get it? December is the 12th month? Episode 12? Hey, if we got to number our last episode #13, to fit the Halloween theme, we can do this! Phooey!

You will thrill as you hear our exclusive interview with super fan and Monkees agent/event organizer Jodi Ritzen, as she talks about her past and current involvement with the guys, developing new ventures for Mike and Micky, her love of the Monkees themselves, and upcoming surprise events in Monkeedom! Jodi will be a powerful participant in future episodes, so keep an ear out!

PLUS: You'll hear a searing re-mix of a wonderful live version of "Sunny Girlfriend," performed by Mike, Micky, Peter, and the band in 2014!

Rare Christmas music! "Christmas is My Time of Year!" "Monkees '86 Christmas Medley!"

We revisit boisterous Butch Patrick as he speaks about his role in the famed 1967 "Monkees Christmas Show!" We yak about the episode!

Alan talks about his past e-mail confabs with Micky and Mike!

Plus: Laughs! Cheer! Sound Effects, and (most importantly) fun!

So what are you waiting for? Click below to listen now, or download right here, or on your iPhone, or directly from SoundCloud or iTunes!

Above five images: Jodi Ritzen hobnobs with the Monkees, be it
at the famed Monkees conventions, private confabs, or discussions
for upcoming meet-and greet events, appearances or signings!

Above two images: Here is the trade advertising and 45 sleeve
for "Christmas is My Time of Year," the 1976 single produced by
HEADQUARTERS helmer Chip Douglas!

Above: It's the Monkees (yep, that's Mike as Santa) taking a
break from filming the magnificent MTV '86 Christmas
Medley video! That other fella is concert impresario
David Fishof also posing in the pic!

Above: The Monkees perform "Sunny Girlfriend" live in 2014! 
Hear a fabulous re-mix of this sizzling live cut!

Above: You'll hear Alan reference Al's shocking new "hair style" many times
during this indelible episode! The above pic reveals the reason why!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Episode #13! Special Halloween Blast! Ron "The Count" Masak Interview! Rare 90s Davy Track!

You read right! You didn't miss an episode!

We skipped a beat to bring you our Halloween-themed unlucky episode #13!

You'll shudder, as you hear our eerie exclusive interview with actor Ron Masak, "the Count" from the famed "Monstrous Monkee Mash" episode! 

Ron talks about his ad-libbing on that episode, the guys themselves, and the sinister secrets behind his malevolent monster make-up for the role!

He also discusses his many roles in Hollywood, his incredible voice-over work and impersonations, his TV commercial ad gigs, and so very much more!

PLUS: We treat (not trick) you, with a fun and rare early-90s Davy Jones solo tune, "I Wanna Fall in Love With Someone!"

Plus! A fun little treat is lurking at the end of this episode!

Laughs! Chills! Screams! Fun!  And so very much more!

So, what are you waiting for? A cab from Transylvania? Click below to listen now, or download right here, or on your iPhone, or directly from SoundCloud or iTunes!

Above images: It's Ron Masak, camping it up as "the Count!" Hear his tales of
filming the malevolent "Monstrous Monkee Mash" episode!

Above: Here's Ron in the 70s, in a TV ad for the
(now discontinued) Go Ahead candy bar! Ron got to
perform his incredible Lou Costello impression
for the advert! You can find this ad on YouTube!

Above: Ron also provided the Groucho-like
voice of the Vlasic Pickles stork for years!

Above: Here's Ron on the long-running
MURDER, SHE WROTE television series!

Above: A Halloween-themed banner I created, for the
the lads over at Monkees Live Almanac! Images

taken from a certain fear-filled episode...

Above: It's delightful Davy Jones, in the 90s!
Hear a rare 90s solo Davy track in this
try episode! Lots of fun!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Episode #13 Promo! Ron "The Count" Masak Speaks!

Who will be the nefarious next interviewee for our unlucky #13 Halloween episode?

We'll let "the Count" himself, fresh from "Monstrous Monkee Mash," give ya a creepy clue! Just click below!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Episode #11! HERE NO EVIL Tribute CD! Rare Covers! Natty Moss Bond Interview! Mike in the 90s!

This is the big one!

We spring right out of the gate with a fabulous review of the first Monkees tribute album, 1992's HERE NO EVIL! You'll hear us discuss the hits and misses of this dynamic disc, and hear some rare cuts from the album itself!

Then, we swing into our exclusive interview with singer/artist Natty Moss Bond, who was part of the band who contributed a blazing cover of "You Told Me" for the CD! Natty talks about her life-long love of the Monkees, how she came to be involved with the tribute CD, why she picked "YTM," and so much more!

Next, we look at Mike Nesmith's solo 90s concerts and CDs! Listen in as we discuss his 1992 tour, and hear a rare live performance of "Tomorrow and Me!"

Alan also voices his thoughts on the latest self-important snub from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (get your asbestos ear-muffs ready), and so much more!

Laughs (Kills Lonesome)! Love! Music! Monkees! Even a splash of McCartney! :0

So what are you waiting for? Click below to listen now, or download right here, or on your iPhone, or directly from SoundCloud or iTunes!

Above images: Taken from the HERE NO EVIL liner book, here's the
track/artist line-up, along with some notes from Bobby Hart himself!

Above: From a 1992 MONKEE BUSINESS FANZINE, here is an early run-down on the tribute CD!

Above images: Mike Nesmith during his acclaimed 1992 concert tour!

Above: You'll hear Al talk about seeing Mike live in Atlanta, during his nifty '92
tour! Al snapped the above pic (left), sent it to Mike at Pacific Arts, and got
it returned, signed! 

Above: Mike in his 1994 "turquoise belt buckle" period! You'll hear
us discuss this (thankfully) short-lived phase! 

Above images: From 1994 issues of MBF, here are some fan accounts of
Mike's "Armando the Newt" concert performances, where he played very
little, but sang and danced (!) quite a bit! You'll hear Alan and Al
mention these shows...

Above: Alan and Al often reference back issues of
MONKEE BUSINESS FANZINE, and here are your
two hospitable hosts holding said fanzines! Al has
every issue (and then some) from 1986 onward!

Above: Performer Natty Moss Bond, part of Multi-Colored House,
who covered "You Told Me" with spectacular results!

Check out the artistic works of our guest, Natty Moss Bond, at this spectacular site!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Episode #10! Super-Fan Fred Velez Interview! Special Episode!

Yes! They said it would never happen! They said we'd never last! They said you couldn't buy peanut butter in large, industrial 68-pound drums! But we're here to say "YES WE CAN!" 

Thats right! We've reached double digits!

And, how better to celebrate our big ten-oh, than with this special episode, one that features an exclusive full-length interview with long-time Monkees fan, Fred Velez?

Fred lets loose, telling us all about his early days as a fan (Fred is a fabulous 1st generation fanatic), his days helping organize and forming the earliest Monkees conventions (complete with behind-the-scenes tales), meeting Mike, Peter, Davy and Micky (singularly, and as our favorite group), and so much more!

Fred is not just a jovial gentleman and sensational storyteller, he is also an awesome author! His book, A LITTLE BIT ME, A LITTLE BIT YOU, THE MONKEES FROM A FAN'S PERSPECTIVE, is a fabulous must-have read for any Monkees fan, of any age! In our incredible interview, you'll hear all the tales behind so many stories in his book!

So what are you waiting for? Click below to listen now, or download right here, or on your iPhone, or directly from SoundCloud or iTunes!

Above: Fred poses with his wonderful book! See below to
snag your own copy today! 

Above: Fred poses with some guys. Listen to our awe-inspiring interview to learn who they are!

Above: Fred kibitzes with a playful Peter Tork, outside the
UNCLE FLOYD studios, in 1980!

Above image: Clockwise from bottom left: Maggie McManus (publisher of the long-running MONKEE BUSINESS FANZINE), Charles Rosenay, Peter Tork (who?!), and Fred Velez, at the 1982 Monkees convention!

Above: Fred and Annabelle Jones. Fred tells a touching tale of time
spent with Annabelle at the 2012 Davy Jones NYC Memorial event.

Above: Fred's bountiful book, which you can order right here!

Above: Visit Fred's blog and read his
riotous reviews on the fabulous site! Click here! 

Above: Help Fred bring a very special Monkees-related
Christmas CD into reality! Click here for more info!

Click here to listen to one holiday hit! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Episode #9! Our Top Five! Songs! Shows! Guest-Stars! The Real Don Steele Story with Nez Comments!

Back again for the big #9 ("Number nine....Number nine...") episode!

Hysterical hosts Al and Alan reveal their own personal "top five" Monkee moments! Fave singles! Fave albums (solo and group)! Fave MONKEES episodes! Fave TV moments! Fave guest-stars! How do their picks stack up against yours?

And, at last: Alan gives you the full story behind his many impersonations of famed 60s/70s boss jock DJ, the Real Don Steele! Who was this famous radio personality, and what was his impact on the Monkees? You'll hear about that, direct from Mike Nesmith himself! A fun little info-snippet!

But-that ain't all! Hear Al's red-hot re-mix of VALLERI (the TV version)..! You'll never forget it!

Plus: Laughs! Fun! Music! Sound effects! Recipes!

OK. No recipes.

Strap on some headphones (or earbuds for you young 'uns) and groove, baby!

Click below to listen now, or download right here, or on your
iPhone, or directly from SoundCloud or iTunes!

Above: The man himself! The Real Don Steele,
famous radio boss jock! Hear his tale, what a
"boss jock" really was, and how he impacted
the history of the Monkees!

Above: Don Steele gets chummy with the Monkees, during a 1966 promotion!

Above: Hear Al's controversial thoughts and theories
on the above earth-shattering equation!

Which episodes (and scenes) were picked as our favorites (and why)?
Listen and find out!

This episode contains a red-hot re-mix of
everyone's favorite Monkees single, VALLERI! 

Above: Your humble hosts! Suitable for framing!
Or for scaring away crows from you garden!

Hear about how we each discovered the
Monkees, what they meant to us, and
how (and why) we still (duh!) dig the 
pre-fab four!