Song In My Head #49: “Easy On You” by Micky Dolenz

Longtime blog readers will recall my fierce admiration for Micky Dolenz. So, I was thrilled to find a copy of The MGM Singles Compilation at the very cool San Francisco outpost of 1-2-3-4 GO! Records last month. The opening song, “Easy On You,” was both written and recorded by Dolenz in 1971. Fans of the Monkees’ “Daily Nightly” should note that the track features appearances by Peter Tork and a Moog synthesizer. In the liner notes, Dolenz laments that he had difficulty keeping this particular synthesizer in tune. This somehow works for “Easy On You,” since the weird pitch changes in the middle amplify the loopy intrigue. Micky’s whispery lead vocal is strangely alluring, and the shuffling beat evokes a Martian skiffle band. (Doesn’t Martian Skiffle sound like the title of a lost Guided By Voices album?) In a just world, this song would have been a hit. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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