Release Date: Aug 19, 2016
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
On this, the 50th anniversary of the Monkees, Scott McCaughey and his Minus 5 again dissect their 2014 5-LP Record Store Day release, Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror, to pay homage to idols musical or otherwise with Of Monkees and Men. The second such culling of the box set material following 2015’s Dungeon Golds, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz are each represented in an objective light on Of Monkees and Men. Playing favorites, Nesmith and his trademark wool cap are given top billing on the album’s opening track, “Michael Nesmith”, a nine-minute country waltz that devolves into a meta-narrative on writer’s block as if voiced by John C.
It's probably impossible to figure out how many folks ended up starting bands after the Monkees made their TV debut in 1966, showing America's youth that wacky adventures were in store once you picked up a guitar and moved into a band house. Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 was one of those kids who had their heads turned around by regular exposure to the Prefab Four, and he clearly has a place in his heart for the Monkees and their legacy. In 2015, McCaughey released a vinyl box set that included an album devoted to honoring his heroes.
Minus 5 founder Scott McCaughey (er, you may have heard of him; think R. E. M.