Daily Nightly

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"Daily Nightly"
Song by the Monkees
from the album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
ReleasedNovember 6, 1967
GenrePsychedelic pop[1]
LabelColgems 66-1007 / RCA 1620
Songwriter(s)Mike Nesmith
Producer(s)Chip Douglas

"Daily Nightly" is a song by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees,[2] which appeared on their fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.,[3] in 1967, and was featured in two second-season episodes of their television series, "A Fairy Tale"[4] and "Monkees Blow Their Minds".

The lyrics are a veiled commentary on the Sunset Strip curfew riots,[5] which occurred in Hollywood, California in late 1966. The record was arguably the very first rock recording to feature the Moog synthesizer,[6] programmed by musician Paul Beaver and played by Micky Dolenz, who was an early owner of a Moog; the fills he played were described as "spacey UFO noises", and were characteristic of psychedelic music,[7] which was then in vogue. The Moog sections were significantly different between the stereo and mono mixes of the track. Dolenz also provided the vocals. A music video in black and white was made for the series, with Dolenz miming his performance.

The song is simple musically, using the chords A Major, C Major, D Major, and E Major.

The song appears on the third CD of the 2009 Rhino compilation Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968.[8]

Live versions[edit]

The song was a regular inclusion in the setlist of the 2012 "An Evening with the Monkees" tour featuring Nesmith, Dolenz, & Peter Tork.[9] During the song, Nesmith vocally performed an interpretation of the original Moog sound effects. According to Dolenz, the song was never performed live prior to 2012.


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  3. ^ Mendelsohn, Jason; Klinger, Eric (14 November 2014). "Counterbalance: The Monkees' 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.'". Pop Matters. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Sharon (28 February 2015). "Nine Monkees Episodes Funny Enough To Stand Up Amongst The Best Sitcom and Sketch Shows". The Interrobang. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ Ihnat, Gwen (15 September 2015). "The Monkees' "Daily Nightly" introduced the rock world to the Moog". AV Club. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ Ihnat, Gwen (6 July 2016). "60 minutes of deeper cuts that show why The Monkees' music still matters". AV Club. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ Kelly, John (19 July 2013). "The Monkees: Still monkeying around and inspiring others to play their songs". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968". Rhino. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ Miller, Gordon (30 December 2012). "An Evening with The Monkees, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 11/10/12". Cinema Sentries. Retrieved 23 June 2020.