Fresh off the 2016 success of their comeback album, Good Times!, the Monkees are back today (October 12th) with their first holiday collection, titled Christmas Party. The album features new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork — with the late Davy Jones featured on two vintage recordings.
Fountains Of Wayne leader Adam Schlesinger produced the set, which includes covers of such Christmas standards as “Merry Christmas, Baby,” Paul McCartney's “Wonderful Christmastime” and Wizzard's yuletide hit “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.” The Monkees also cover Alex Chilton's Big Star classic “Jesus Christ” — featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, with Mike Nesmith teaming up with his sons for a pair of numbers. Also contributing are Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and XTC's Andy Partridge.
Although the inner band conflict between the Monkees are the stuff of legend, Micky Dolenz told us that whenever a group of people has been as closely linked to each other as the Monkees were, it's only natural to bicker: “You become siblings. I mean the relationship becomes like siblings. And if you have siblings y'know, that sometime you love 'em, sometimes you hate 'em, you get in fights, but you'd die for each other, y'know, if it came down to it. But when you spend that much time and you go through that kind of situation. . . I mean, I probably spent more time over the years with some of those guys than I have with some of my siblings.”