Only six weeks or so to go before Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds get here for a short visit that includes their appearance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay over the Easter break. The predictably and entertainingly verbose older Oasis brother hasn’t been confining his talents as a songwriter to his current combo, however. Gallagher has joined forces with one of his heroes, former Jam frontman Paul Weller, to write a song for the upcoming album by 1960s pop phenomenon the Monkees. That’s right, the Monkees have a new album, Good Times!, coming out in June, their first in 20 years and the first also since the death of singer Davy Jones in 2012. The recording features the three remaining original members — Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith — and has some surprising names, apart from Gallagher and Weller, on the songwriting roster.
These include Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Zach Rogue from Rogue Wave and XTC alumnus Andy Partridge.
Hey, hey … it’s the Monkees again