'Admiral Mike' (1996)
Mike Nesmith: I wrote "Admiral Mike" after reading an article about an admiral that had killed himself because the press had alleged that he had done something dishonorable, but there was no proof. It was never adjudicated. He wasn't found guilty of any wrongdoing, but the press just excoriated him instead of being careful and neutral in their reporting. It made me angry and I just thought, "I need to write something about journalists needing to have some sense of responsibility to the truth." It's never more salient and relevant than it is right now.
The album it was on, Justus, might have been misguided. We tried to make an album that was built around our time as a band, which came from us performing. But we didn't continue as a band. We didn't see each other for years. We used to have a whole team working for us, the least of which was the team behind the show. There was also the team put together for the tours, and the whole Brill Building setup for the songs. Maybe we don't have a lot of business being the artistic force behind the Monkees. The setup on the next record [2016's Good Times!] was much better.