Well, in regard to your first question (the “Memphis Tennessee” track on the Headquarters Sessions CDs), it is difficult to say. Micky very well could’ve been genuinely angry at Peter, especially if that was the 10,000th take of that song or whatnot. It wouldn’t be surprising at all for him to be frustrated under such circumstances. At the same time, however, Micky tends to be fairly playful and never seems to get seriously, deeply angry at ANYONE, just because of the way his personality is. So we’d tend to lean more towards the latter than the former.
Re: your second question…That very well could be. From what we know, he broke his arm hang-gliding just before going on tour with Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, & Hart. You can see it in a sling here:
So it would make sense, then, that the cape that Micky later wore while performing was meant to conceal his broken arm.
Since today is apparently a big day in Beatles world, we here at NP thought we’d pay a little tribute to the “cute one” from Liverpool. Paul is also who we paired Micky with in our answer to the Ask NP question of, “If the Monkees had to go out with the Beatles, who would go out with whom?” Here was our answer:
“Mischievous” is the word that comes to mind for this couple. These two would be thick as thieves, plotting all sorts of misadventures together. Micky would be captivated by Paul’s lead singer good looks and charm, and would be thrilled to be on the arm of such a handsome man. Paul, accustomed to dealing with crazy drummers, would give Micky enough leeway to engage in his antics, yet would be there to comfort him when he “comes down” later on. Micky, with his wandering eye, wouldn’t be too demanding of Paul’s attention, either—which is good, given that Paul would be getting his ego stroked by plenty of others.
Sir Paul, thank you for being a good pal to our boy Micky over all these years, and for being a fairly cool dude overall. We wish you happiness and more rockin’ music on this, the day of your 71st birthday.
Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney!
Loving Peter’s little Miss Ross/diva moment here…
“Excuse me, can’t you see I’m having my makeup done? Just look at this flawlessness, my skin all even and pretty. Oh, no close-ups, please, you’ll melt my blush.”
Oh, this question. Haha. Well, after some deliberation, we feel that the most likely candidate of the Monkees to pose for Playgirl in the ’70s would be either Davy or Micky. Davy in some desperate attempt to restore his “heartthrob” status, and Micky because…well, he’s Micky.
As to what each fella’s “spread” would be like, we envision Davy’s Playgirl photo shoot as the ultimate in cheesiness. We picture him in a dressing room, with a chorus girl or two sitting at a light bulb-framed mirror doing her makeup and secretly eyeing Davy who is behind her reclining on a chaise lounge with a top hat on his head, a bunch of white feathers over his crotch, and a huge grin on his face.
For Micky, we all know he had a big glam rock phase in the ’70s, so it’s only natural that his photo shoot would feature such. We see the photo being shot from the ground up, as if we are lying on the floor and Micky is standing over us, his eyes dusted with eyeshadow and lashes in mascara, blush on his cheeks, and some gold lip gloss on his lips, and his mouth open in a KISS-esque rock n’ roll “roar.” For his outfit, Micky would have a feather boa around his neck, no shirt, and a pair of skintight crotchless sequined pants. Viva la glam!