By Jim Fusco:
Welcome to another “new bands week” edition of the Laptop Sessions! Today’s song comes from a band that’s anything but “new”, but since I haven’t played a song from them before, I figured this would be the week to bust one out! That band is the Monkees, and they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. The Monkees were the soundtrack to my early life. Remember when they started playing the reruns of the TV show back in the late 80s? Well, I used to watch it then and also listened to their Greatest Hits collection constantly. I always gravitated to the music of Michael Nesmith, probably because he was a songwriter and musician. The songs that Davy Jones sang were almost always cover songs or songs that were written for the Monkees’ TV show.
Tonight’s acoustic cover song, as I’ve mentioned before, ranks as my second favorite song of all time, right behind “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” by the Byrds. But, if you listen to this song and the Byrds song, you’ll hear that they’re very similar. They both have pretty much the same chords, and “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better” wins because of its great guitar solo and its harmonies. And, the songwriter of “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better”, Gene Clark, was very similar to Mike Nesmith. The both were the first ones to leave their bands. They wrote the melancholy songs of the group with a bit of country-rock flair. And they were by far and away the best songwriters of their groups. I think it’s pretty funny that I gravitate so much towards such similar musicians like them. I wonder if I share any of those characteristics (or at least THINK I do…).
“You Just May Be The One” is the song I play for people when I get the tired old “the Monkees didn’t write their own songs or play their own instruments” line. Well, on this song, they did both. In fact, on the entire “Headquarters” album, they did both. These guys were very talented and don’t get a lot of credit for that. Of course, everyone knows that the band was manufactured for the TV show only. This “band” was never supposed to happen. But, I think the band worked hard over the years to prove their worth as musicians.
I hope you’ll agree that this is one of the best songs of all time. I’m very happy to add it to my collection of cover songs here on the video blog. And let me be the first to welcome the Monkees to the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog!