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Free-form Monkees humor once drove Hollywood legend to curse: ‘I hate these f–ing kids’

Free-form Monkees humor once drove Hollywood legend to curse: ‘I hate these f–ing kids’

The Monkees TV show was designed toward improvisation. But not every guest star meshed with the Monkees’ gonzo approach.

Spirit – The Best of Spirit (1973): On Second Thought

Spirit – The Best of Spirit (1973): On Second Thought

Spirit, featuring Jay Ferguson, Randy California and Ed Cassidy, may have been risk takers – but there’s no denying the band had an ear for melody.

Those Pretty Wrongs (feat. Big Star’s Jody Stephens), “Lucky Guy” (2015): One Track Mind

Those Pretty Wrongs (feat. Big Star’s Jody Stephens), “Lucky Guy” (2015): One Track Mind

Jody Stephens new band Those Pretty Wrongs connects back to his time in Big Star in many ways, even as it provides a long-hoped-for sense of closure.

Two modern developments hurtled Hall and Oates back to prominence: ‘It resonated with them’

Two modern developments hurtled Hall and Oates back to prominence: ‘It resonated with them’

How did Hall and Oates become hip again after years as too-often-overlooked hitmakers? John Oates explains.

Here’s how the Beatles (almost) met Doctor Who

Here’s how the Beatles (almost) met Doctor Who

Remembering when Doctor Who unveiled his Time and Space Visualizer, only to find the Beatles performing on a now-lost episode of ‘Top of the Pops.’

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, “India” from GOASTT Stories (2015): One Track Mind

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, “India” from GOASTT Stories (2015): One Track Mind

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger return in the same fanciful trance, and it’s like finding something that should have been lost in the Watergate era.

Paul McCartney’s guileless, but oft-criticized Ram was a handmade gem

Paul McCartney’s guileless, but oft-criticized Ram was a handmade gem

Released this week in May 1971, Paul McCartney’s ‘Ram’ was initially knocked for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold today.

The Secrets – Collection (2015)

The Secrets – Collection (2015)

Padded wall to wall with melodic singing, electrifying instrumentation and imaginative hooks, the Secrets’ ‘Collection’ is a power-pop delight.

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Rockmaker” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Nestled between “Takin’ It Back” and the smash hit “Hold the Line” on Toto’s 1978 debut, the steady and fun “Rockmaker” is too often overlooked.

Steve Robinson + Ed Woltil, “Love Somebody” from Cycle (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Robinson + Ed Woltil, “Love Somebody” from Cycle (2015): One Track Mind

Steve Robinson’s “Love Somebody” sounds like XTC doing Bob Dylan. No, really. It features ex-sidemen with both Dylan acolyte Roger McGuinn and XTC.