The Monkees are just one month away from releasing Good Times!, their first studio album since 1996’s Justus, and right here you can watch the official lyric video for “She Makes Me Laugh,” written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. “I’m super stoked to be writing a song for the Monkees,” says Cuomo. “I’ve always identified with their musical aesthetic – the chord changes and melodies.”
Good Times! (in stores May 27th) celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary as a recording unit, and it features songs by Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and XTC’s Andy Partridge, as well as Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. There are also tunes written by Neil Diamond and Carole King in the 1960s that the group never got around to releasing. The album was produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne.
The Monkees reformed with original guitarist Mike Nesmith in 2012, shortly after the sudden death of Davy Jones. Nesmith played a series of critically acclaimed tours with surviving members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork through 2014, but this summer they are hitting the road without him. Nesmith did contribute a tune to Good Times! (“I Know What I Know”), and he plays guitar and sings on several tracks on the album.
Rivers Cuomo is a longtime Monkees fan. “I’ve always felt a personal connection to the Monkees because I’m from the same small New England farm town as Peter Tork,” he writes in the album’s liner notes. “I used to hear that one of the Monkees went to my high school, which was an amazing fact to me because it was such a small school out in the middle of nowhere. It gave me the feeling that if an E.O. Smith kid made it to the top once, it can happen again. So let that be an inspiration to you E.O. Smith kids now, maybe 30 years into the future you’ll be writing a song for a new Weezer album.”