Music With An “M”! Tom Petty’s Side Band! The “Magical” Beatles! “Naked” Alanis! The Monkees And Jack Nicholson Too!

Time For Some Revealing Music With An “M”!

Yes, Alanis Morissette shed all of her inhibitions for one of my favorite songs. She’s featured in “music with an M”, along with some Monkees, and McCartney too!

Let’s begin with the late Tom Petty, and one of the coolest stories in music history:


Mudcrutch – “Crystal River”

If you don’t know this band, you are missing an incredible story. This was the band Tom Petty started in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida. Here is a picture of the band at the time:

They weren’t successful, so Tom Petty headed to Los Angeles – and the rest is history….except this is where the story gets great:

In 2007, Petty called his old bandmates and asked if they wanted to record again! And so two top ten albums were released, filled with a southern “swamp rock” vibe…I read one of the original band members stating that this was a gift he never could have imagined…

What a great story, and speaks to just how cool Petty was…there are a number of shorter, rock-infused songs, but I chose a hypnotic groove called “Crystal River.”

Here’s a terrific, 16-minute live version of the song, with Stephen Stills joining in, filmed in Los Angeles at the Henry Fonda Theater on June 26, 2016.

Thanks to Blisstanger for posting this on YouTube – check out that site for more!

The music world was stunned by the death of Tom Petty – here is a look at some of my favorite Petty music:

https://johnrieber.com/2017/10/02/rip-tom-petty-a-shocking-loss/

Now, onto another legendary band:


“Magical Mystery Tour” by The Beatles

One of the more unique albums by the band, consisting of new songs, soundtrack music and of course, two songs originally recorded for “Sgt. Pepper!”

This is one of Paul McCartney’s catchiest songs, which he came up with while rising San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district! Let’s not waste any more time, here is the song performed by Paul on one of his many solo tours:

What a psychedelic pop classic! And here is a shot of Paul on a trip that inspired him to write it:

If you want to know about how Paul conceived “Magical Mystery Tour”, click on my story about his “hippie trip” of 1967:

https://johnrieber.com/2017/04/12/paul-mccartneys-april-12-1967-hippie-trip-the-beatles-365-days-50-years-ago-the-one-that-led-to-magical-mystery-tour/

Next up is one of my favorite alternative rock bands:

My Morning Jacket – “Circuital”

This is MMJ’s 6th studio album – the band is from Kentucky and formed in 1998.

Jim James is the lead singer, and he shared a funny anecdote about two of the songs on the “Circuital” album.

The songs “Wonderful” and “Outta My System” were originally written for “Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem” to perform in the 2011 film “The Muppets”!

Unfortunately, an Executive who hired him was fired and the songs weren’t used! James said:

“So now, twice, Muppet glory has been within my grasp…it’s pretty heartbreaking, but it did propel us just to kick into high gear and finish our own record.”

So thank The Muppets for this album – here is the title track:

There are a lot of bands like MMJ – not a well known in the mainstream, but with millions of die-hard fans…now, a popular singer who happened to release one of music’s biggest hits!

Alanis had one of the biggest selling albums of all time, “Jagged Little Pill.” Her followup album included this 1998 song, an inward look at her life after a trip to India – as wikipedia reports:

“Alanis talked with MTV about the break between LPs and the first single: “Basically, I had never stopped in my whole life, hadn’t taken a long breath, and I took a year and a half off and basically learned how to do that. When I did stop and I was silent and I breathed… I was just left with an immense amount of gratitude, and inspiration, and love, and bliss, and that’s where the song came from, you know.”

Alanis Morissette – “Thank U”

“Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down”

Here is the official music video, with Alanis naked and exposed on the street as she sings:

Alanis makes great, confessional music – bravo to her!

Finally, the greatest band ever created for television!

Hey Hey, They’re The Monkees!

Yes, they were “cast” as a colorful band in Los Angeles, but they became a phenomenon and released a bunch of great music!

Here is the perfect pop majesty of “Daydream Believer”:

Jack Nicholson Monkee’d Around!

Di you know that the band made a movie, and it was written by Jack Nicholson? It’s just one of the interesting aspects of this band – and Michael Nesmith shares some of those stories in his new autobiography!

Click here to read about the book, Jack’s script, and when Jimi Hendrix opened for them!


https://johnrieber.com/2017/04/20/infinite-tuesday-the-monkees-michael-nesmiths-autobiography-jim-hendrix-toured-with-them-jack-nicholson-wrote-for-them-monkee-madness/

Let know if you knew that Jack wrote a movie for them!



Categories: 70's Music, Art, Awards, Books / Media, British Cinema, Classic Rock, Cult Movies, Independent Cinema, London, Memoirs, Music, Obscure Music, Talent/Celebrities, The Beatles, TV Show, Uncategorized

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5 replies

  1. Despite the madcap TV show, the Monkees produced some memorable hits at the time. And I loved Mike Nesmith’s ‘Rio’ when he went solo. I had read about Nicholson and the film before, though I cannot recall where. You managed to get some unknowns (to me) in here, John, alongside some of your familiar favourites.
    I will add an ‘M’ song from a band I know you love. ‘Mad World’, by Tears For Fears.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Alanis, The Monkees, Magical Mystery and Tom Petty – what’s not to love in this post! But the bit that has me mesmerised is the Jack Nicholson connection – thank you so much for pointing me to your own post and to the fact that Mike Nesmith has a book which I now have to buy.

    • That’s a little-known aspect of The Monkees – the book is good but I have to warn you it is also more about his journey than The Monkees – yes they are in there but not as much as some wanted – however, his Jack stuff in the book is great!

      • I can wear that …. I think he’s an interesting fellow and I had forgotten the liquid paper story so thank you for the reminder on that one …. always good for a trivia moment when conversation needs turning!

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