The Monkees

Daily Nightly

Composed by Michael Nesmith

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Like Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" and John Phillips' "Safe in My Garden," Michael Nesmith, too, was inspired to write a song about the infamous Sunset Strip riots. But unlike those two great songs, Nesmith's "Daily Nightly" is more about the misinformation that the media put forth about the event. His thoughts and lyrics in this tone poem certainly seem to mirror the acid-magnified state of mind of the youth of Los Angeles that hung out on the Sunset Strip. Musically, it's a wild affair: Underneath a strong and folksy pop/rock melody and chord changes, Mickey Dolenz performs solos and sound effects on an early Moog synthesizer in a somewhat untrained, but nonetheless stunningly beautiful fashion. Nesmith also handed the lead vocal over to Dolenz, who turned in an exquisite performance on this, possibly the most overtly psychedelic song the Monkees ever attempted.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. 1967 Arista 2:31
Listen to the Band 1991 Rhino 2:32
Here They Come: The Greatest Hits of the Monkees 1998 WEA International 2:30
Music Box 2001 Rhino 2:32
Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 2:33
Monkeemania: The Very Best of the Monkees 2011 Rhino 2:32