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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

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

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