Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music is about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away.
The blues brings you back into the fold. The blues isn't about the blues, it's about we have all had the blues and we are all in this together.
Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.
Where there is clarity, there is no choice. And where there is choice, there is misery. But then, why should I speak, since I know nothing?
I don't know about friends, but what time I spent with The Beatles they were very courteous to me.
Shoe Suede Blues opened for the Monkees in the 1997 reunion tour for two shows. I went out in disguise when I played with Shoe Suede Blues.
Yes, I am a good singer.
Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine, because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors.
Original Monkees' songs were produced very thinly, on purpose.
Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor.
There hasn't been one show that we did, that I didn't enjoy to some extent.
The Monkees was a straight sitcom, we used the same plots that were on the other situation comedies at the time. So the music wasn't threatening, we weren't threatening.
Put you energy into music. If it fails you, you can become an accountant or a dentist. And then if you become a dentist or an accountant, it's too late to become a musician afterwards.
My most favourite gigs that ever happened were solo, before The Monkees ever happened.
Elvis deserves a lot of credit for bringing the blues to middle America, not the Vegas stuff. The early stuff, The Sun records, and the first few RCA records. He was wonderful, he had the power, the drive, and he was so dedicated to his music.
The most significant thing about the Monkees as a pop phenomenon is that we were the only TV show about young adults that did not feature a wiser, older person.
The four of us couldn't have made a record with the time left over when we were shooting the show. We were on stage from 7.30 in the morning 'til 7 at night. Later on, when there was a break from filming, and we were sick of doing it the old way.
Michael Sunday and I are the original members of the band. We first did it just for charities and benefit concerts. It was very ad-hoc, and before we knew it, we were really a band. We went through several drummers and guitarists before we were happy with the line up.
It was so much fun to do, play the blues and then play a Monkees set on the same night.
Shoe Suede Blues is ten years old this year. The Band consists of four members.
Oh, the most fun thing I've ever been asked to autograph was breasts.
No, in 1968 I still wanted to be a Pop Star, and be about the music. Now, I want to be just about the music.
Ringo is one of the world's true humans. The only one out those four guys, who did not have an agenda. Ringo was just into the music.
Getting to play the blues has been transcendant for me. I can't say if my finest hour is yet to come, you want to make a dent in this world, well I do anyway.
I am a still friend with Dave Crosby, he's a weird duck but I like him a lot.
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