The Monkees’ music was certainly inspired by their life and times — as heard on tracks like 1967’s Micky Dolenz original ‘Randy Scouse Git’ — and then so was their memorable sense of fashion. All you have to do is look to performances like, well, ‘Randy Scouse Git,’ actually. In the original clip, Dolenz is wearing an unusual table cloth-like dashiki for his lead vocal turn.
Actually, it wasn’t like a table cloth at all. “That was a table cloth,” Dolenz confirms in a talk with WGN, then starts riffing. “My wife cut a hole in it — and we just stuck it over my head. ‘This will look good! Wow, I’m at one with a table cloth.'”
You might think he’s kidding. But he most assuredly is not: “Seriously, I found that table cloth on Carnaby Street, and I said: ‘Honey, can you cut this?'” Summing up the era, Dolenz quips: “I’m told I had a great time.”
Dolenz, who just finished another well-received reunion tour with the Monkees, returns to the road for solo shows later this month with a August 30, 2014 date at Uncasville, Connecticut. Concerts follow in November and December, as well.