Hey hey, they’re the Monkees—and to celebrate 2016 being their 50th anniversary, they’re going to release a new album titled Good Times that is getting a little songwriting help from some of the biggest names in rock.
According to this Amazon product listing, Good Times was produced by Fountains Of Wayne bassist/vocalist Adam Schlesinger and will feature songs written exclusively for the Monkees by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, XTC leader Andy Partridge and Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue, among others. This isn’t Cuomo’s first experience as a songwriter-for-hire—he’s previously written for or co-written with All Time Low, Simple Plan and Panic! At The Disco, among many others.
Good Times is set for June 10, though the album has yet to be confirmed by the Monkees’ label Rhino Records nor the band themselves. You can see the entirety of the product text below, just in case Amazon pulls it down:
The Monkees are ready to have some fun this year as the iconic band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a tour and the group’s first new album in 20 years, appropriately titled GOOD TIMES.
Much like The Monkees early albums, GOOD TIMES features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave). The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith ( I Know What I Know ) and Tork as well as producer Schlesinger.
To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for GOOD TIMES that were originally recorded & written for group during the 60s, including Love To Love by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by Jones. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track Good Times, which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson’s guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. Good Times will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz May 1973 single Daybreak. Other vintage 1960 s tracks included on GOOD TIMES feature L.A. s famed Wrecking Crew of session musicians.