The Polyphonic Spree made a guest appearance with Micky and Peter during the encore of last night's show at the Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham, England. The Polyphonic Spree have been covering "Porpoise Song" in concert for several years, and were also featured on the festival's bill, which took place over three days this past weekend. The Monkees headlined the festival's final evening. (I posted the set list from the show earlier.)
You can also see footage of the performance on The Monkees Tour Facebook page.
Here's another promotional appearance for the UK dates that aired on September 1. During it, Micky announced that The Monkees TV series will be coming on Blu-ray next year, calling it a "big, beautiful box set."
For years, the rarely shown promotional video for "Oh My My" (directed by Micky) could only be found on YouTube and before that, via tape trading, in near horrendous quality. Andrew Sandoval screened a cleaner version during the pre-show of recent Monkees tours, and now this print of the video has surfaced on YouTube. Enjoy!
"Alvin," a nursery rhyme composed by Peter's brothers Chris and Nick, was recorded a capella by Peter during sessions for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees in January 1968. The track, according to Andrew Sandoval's liner notes for the 2010 deluxe edition of the album, was originally slated to appear on the LP until it was removed from the finished master at the last minute for reasons unknown. Peter also told Sandoval that he and Stephen Stills once performed "Alvin" a capella at a Buffalo Springfield concert. During this past weekend's concerts with Micky, Peter revived "Alvin" during his solo segment in the show.
Just like the similarly-minded "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky" acted as a segue into "Pleasant Valley Sunday" on Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., "Alvin" was set to perform the same function on the Birds album with its placement before "Daydream Believer." Here is the original track listing for The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees when it was first compiled in March 1968:
Side 1: Through The Looking Glass We Were Made For Each Other Writing Wrongs I'll Be Back Up On My Feet Valleri Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
Side 2: Dream World P.O. Box 9847 Tapioca Tundra The Poster Alvin Daydream Believer Zor and Zam
The running order was later reconfigured, and "Alvin" became one of the songs that was cut. It wouldn't be officially released until the 1994 Rhino compact disc version of the Birds album.
Despite being a relatively obscure piece in the Monkees catalog, "Alvin" gets a lot of love from various YouTubers: