"That Was Then, This Is Now" (1986)
Micky Dolenz: In 1986 MTV started showing the old show and we reunited for a tour. It just exploded. It was the biggest selling tour of that year for anybody. Arista had the catalog at the time. Clive Davis got a hold of me through his A&R guy, Roy Lott. They said, "Listen, this is huge. This 20-year reunion is turning into a huge thing. We're gonna reissue a classic CD of the big hits and we thought it would be cool if you recorded some new material."
We were already in rehearsals for the tour. They wanted us to try go get this thing out in like two weeks. I was like, "Wow! That's great. Make me a deal. Call my agent or waterer, but I'd love to do it." Peter agreed, but David did not. He chose not to participate in that particular set of recordings. But two days later, I'm in the studio doing vocals. A week or two later it came out and went Top 20.
Vance Brescia, the writer, has become a good friend. He plays in our shows sometimes when we need another guitar player. Whenever he does, we sing that song together.