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The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees: On Second Thought

The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees: On Second Thought

The genre-blending Monkees do a great job flaunting their mercurial talents on ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees,’ released this week in 1968.

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

Everyone, no matter their stature, can find themselves regretting a few things – and John Oates of Hall and Oates is no different.

Todd Rundgren, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (2015): Exclusive advance stream

Todd Rundgren, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (2015): Exclusive advance stream

Here’s an exclusive advance stream of Todd Rundgren’s new take on ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” from ‘Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles.’

Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972): Forgotten Series

Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972): Forgotten Series

A bit comical and cheesy but astonishingly inventive, Hot Butter’s “Popcorn” was so futuristic that it could pass for a contemporary recording.

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

I had trouble coming to terms with ‘Wish,’ released this week in 1992. It felt like a return to form for the Cure, but not the form I wanted.

Toto, “Girl Goodbye” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Girl Goodbye” from Toto (1978): Toto Tuesdays

Don’t let the seemingly simple time signature fool you. There is plenty of Toto goodness in “Girl Goodbye.”

A character from ‘Randy Scouse Git’ almost changed Monkees history: ‘I know that sounds crazy’

A character from ‘Randy Scouse Git’ almost changed Monkees history: ‘I know that sounds crazy’

Yes, the Birthday Boy from the Monkees hit ‘Randy Scouse Git’ was real. And his friendship almost sent Micky Dolenz on a far different path.

Tommy Roe – Greatest Hits (1993): On Second Thought

Tommy Roe – Greatest Hits (1993): On Second Thought

Tommy Roe created pure and natural pop rock songs that were fun to sing along with, dance to, or simply make people feel good.

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

Credit David Bowie for understanding how to cast his latest iteration. But also Chic for having the goods to make that nascent vision a reality.

Circus, “Stop Wait and Listen / I Need Your Love” (1972): One Track Mind

Circus, “Stop Wait and Listen / I Need Your Love” (1972): One Track Mind

Had this been Circus’ lone contribution they would still inspire awe – since “Stop Wait and Listen” is truly one of the greatest singles of all time.