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.