Mike Nesmith’s video parody

After his departure from the Monkees, Mike Nesmith charted on the WKNR Music Guide with “Joanne“, a tune that helped cement his reputation as a pioneer in the country rock genre. The song had echoes of “Different Drum“, which became a one hit wonder for the Stone Poneys, and a catalyst for Linda Rondstadt’s solo career. Nesmith had an early fascination for incorporating video and music and was a seminal influence on what would become the early format of MTV. In 1981 he parodied “Joanne” with this mash-up of country meets Godzilla. It became an underground collectors item for those of us who had Sony Betamax video recorders.

May 10th, 2009 | Posted in Keener
  1. Michael McDowell/Blitz Magazine
    Jun 4th, 2009 at 23:23 | #1

    Michael Nesmith was always ahead of his time. He is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of country rock and was one of the visionaries behind the development of what is now known as the music video. Thank you for acknowledging his contributions!

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