"You Told Me" (1967)
Mike Nesmith: When I joined the Monkees they kept saying, "You gotta write a pop song." This is one of the two I wrote, along with "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." I was really happy with the way it turned out, and it came out on the only album we ever made by ourselves, which was Headquarters. When I saw "we," I mean the four principal actors. Peter put a great banjo on it and it came to life.
People think it was amazing that four guys hired for a TV show could actually form a band, but I don't see it that way. It's not that amazing when you think of the tenor of the times. You put any four guys in a room in the 1960s and you had a band, all the way from the Grateful Dead to Buffalo Springfield. It isn't that amazing that four people in a group would start singing and playing together, especially since they were hired to perform that as actors.
One of the reasons we couldn't sustain it is because we were caught up in a giant maelstrom of corporate business before we even started. This was a huge undertaking in terms of the amount of money, time and people involved, not least of which was the songwriters.