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New Monkees - 1987 New Monkees

ARTIST: New Monkees
ALBUM: New Monkees
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 9 25642-2
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Refer next page for project/track lineups.. [click here..]

TRACK LISTING: 01 What I Want * 02 Do It Again * 03 I Don't Know * 04 The Way She Moves * 05 Boy Inside The Man * 06 Burnin' Desire * 07 Whatever It Takes * 08 Affection * 09 Carlene * 10 Corner Of My Eye * 11 Turn It Up

Does anybody remember the TV Show from the 80's revolving around this band? Well they might've been on for a fleeting second or two, and competing in the same teenage airspace as shows such as 21 Jump Street might've been too much for most of those who saw it. But where Richard Grieco and Johnny Depp and the original Monkees might have had a smidgen of musical talent, the boys in the New Monkees could actually play, but I don't think they were used to great effect. Look, let's be honest, the big hair, outrageous technicolour dreamcoat style clothing and lame acting was 80's excess at it's best (or worst, depending which way look at it), but Larry, Marty, Jared and Dino - bought together as four clean-cut blokes to play the part of a rock band in late 80's suburbia was probably sunk by a less than genuine attempt by recreate the original 60's series of The Monkees. If one was to be cynical, the New Monkees followed on the back on a concerted effort to resurrect the original Monkees during 1986, resulting in a marathon TV weekend of all the old episodes, plus a reissue of their music and hastily arranged gigs during that year. Obviously some bright spark looking to make money off the same concept came up with the idea of continuing the name but with new personnel and new music.

The Songs
For this review, I will ignore the aspects to do with the TV Show, that's for someone else to write about. If you are interested though, there are plenty of You Tube clips of them online. Take your pick. We'll focus just on the one-off album instead. As you can see from the assembled lineup (click on the tab next page), this album is not purely about the four boys in question. There's a heap of talent in tow, Mike Slamer and Dann Huff should be enough to whet the appetite. Larry and Marty carry most of the lead vocals, Dino sings on one song, while Jared provides backing vocals. All of the songs are outside contributions. Opener 'What I Want' is a David Tyson/Eddie Schwartz number, a bright punchy affair. 'Do It Again' was provided by John Parr and Julia Downs, and is quite a nice subdued track. 'I Don't Know' and 'The Way She Moves' aren't great tracks, the latter sounds like a very bad Richard Marx effort. Much better is the cover of the Tom Cochrane & Red Rider song 'Boy Inside The Man'. The NM version sounds a bit like Glass Tiger, and is bit tamer than Tom's raucous effort which can be heard on their 1986 album. The fast tempo melodia of 'Burning Desire' is one of the better tracks, nice singalong choruses and tasty guitar work. If you've been listening to the GDAZE Jukebox (refer link above), you'll see 'Whatever It Takes' is included in the playlist. The pompy keyboards and AOR style lands this in the same zone as Beau Coup and bands of that ilk. Marty Ross handles the vocals on 'Affection', where he sounds uncannily like the late Marc Hunter of Aussie rock legends Dragon. It's a stomping sort of song, but the lyrics are surprisingly dark. 'Carlene' is a racy little tune, co-written by a bunch of guys including Emmy Award winning writer from Nashville - Greg Barnhill, topped by some very cool Dann Huff guitar work. Another AOR headturner is 'Corner Of My Eye', this one is guaranteed to impress most of you here. Dino Kovas handles the vocal on the closer 'Turn It Up', which features big horn work and a vibe somewhere caught somewhere between Huey Lewis & The News and Doug & The Slugs.

In Summary
The album was released by Warner Bros, but didn't really set the world alight. Also, the TV show's first season was originally scheduled for a 22 episode run, but only managed to turn in 13 episodes, the show not able to complete its run due to poor ratings. Most of these you might be able to source from the Net, there is (not surprisingly) no plan by Sony to reissue these on DVD. Of the members, only Larry Saltis has moved on with any significance musically, with his bands Colorvine and Tower City. However Jared Chandler has an accomplished career in movies/film, check out his work on The New Monkees are probably best left in the 80's, but for those of you looking for a nostalgia burst, check out You Tube.

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#1 | Recordjnky on August 27 2010 19:20:07
I always loved this CD George, thanks for the review!
#2 | Eric on August 27 2010 22:46:04
Re-reading my comment above, it kind of looks like I was coming down on the review (and George) which wasn't the case at all. This was a good, if a bit average AOR album, but my original point was the cash-in on The Monkees revival at the time was ridiculous and The Monkees were often misunderstood and deserve a second look for those who think they were limited musically.
#3 | gdazegod on August 28 2010 00:47:30
Yeah, it was a deliberate cash-in, no two ways about it. Blame the suits.. lol! I think they would've been better off not having any association with the Monkees (agree there), but then again, the concept probably wouldn't have flown on it's own wings/legs. To be honest I haven't head a great deal of the original Monkees music, but I might have to acquaint myself now.. I know Dolenz slagged NM at the start, I guess he was trying to protect the original legacy, but by no means blame the guys in the band, blame the suits.
#4 | Eric on August 28 2010 01:07:34
One last word- Mike Nesmith had a notable career in Country rock after The Monkees. He also wrote The Stone Pony's (Linda Ronstadt) classic 'Different Drum' and has been involved in film work.

Back to the album at hand- was this issued on CD?
#5 | gdazegod on August 28 2010 06:09:39
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