All four Monkees took part in filming a Christmas medley music video for MTV in early December 1986 (seen below). The video featured Michael as "Santa Claus" and was in heavy rotation on the cable network during the holiday season. After filming, the quartet hosted a party at a Manhattan nightclub to celebrate the end of a very successful year for The Monkees.
A big thanks to Jeff Gehringer for submitting this September 1986 article to the Live Almanac! It covers a wide variety of topics, including the 1986 Monkees revival; Nez seeing Micky, Davy and Peter in concert in Texas that year; MTV; Elephant Parts; Television Parts; the video magazine Overview; as well as the movies Square Dance, Timerider and Repo Man. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
One of the original MTV VJs, Alan Hunter, helps conduct the press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City announcing The Monkees' 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour.
The December 27, 1991 issue of Goldmine celebrated the 25th Anniversary of The Monkees with a cover story that included separate interviews with various members of the group. In this interview with Nez, a wide range of topics are covered, including the impact of MTV, his work with the First National Band, the music of The Monkees and more. It also features a complete Michael Nesmith discography through 1991. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
The Monkees and MTV participated in a softball game event in Central Park in New York City during the summer of 1986.
To add more to a previous blog post, here's another story about the falling out between The Monkees and MTV in 1987. This piece comes from Musicade Catalog and was published sometime in late 1987/early 1988.
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Despite a friendship with MTV in 1986 that helped make The Monkees one of the biggest music stories of that year, things went sour in 1987 after an apparent misunderstanding between the band and the cable music network. Despite heavy airplay of the music video for The Monkees' 1986 comeback single, "That Was Then, This Is Now," MTV refused to play the video for "Heart and Soul," the lead single from the 1987 album, Pool It! Clearly MTV's lack of support for the video (at a time when MTV still screened music videos and played a larger role in making 'hits') had a negative impact on the single, a strong pop song that most likely could have been a bigger hit that summer. TV Guide reported the dispute, and the clipping above appeared in a late 1987 edition of the magazine.
The story below, which was originally published in Monkee Business Fanzine issue #43 in December 1987, goes into further detail.
Second post today, but had to put this up on the blog. A blast from the past: Peter as a guest VJ on MTV in May 1986, right before the 20th Anniversary Tour got underway. (Micky also appears at the end.) Those were the days when MTV was awesome. Hearing all the videos being played, too...good stuff.
This video comes from the RareMonkees YouTube channel. Check it out.