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Michael Nesmith

American singer, songwriter, musician, tech and video entrepreneur, Americana pioneer, and Monkee

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Michael Nesmith

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Michael Nesmith, a musician and songwriter best known for being a member of The Monkees. His impact goes deeper than that, though. Nesmith—or Nez, as fans faithfully and fondly referred to him—also pioneered a style of country rock that, today, is revered for its authenticity and eccentric cool. Today's song shows off that singularity with its blend of groovy percussion, sliding pedal steel guitar, saturated organ, and drifting vocals.

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"Wax Minute" by Michael Nesmith & The Second National Band
1972 | American singer, songwriter, musician, tech and video entrepreneur, Americana pioneer, and Monkee


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Next comes what might be the best song on the album--"Wax Minute", written by semi-obscure Canadian singer songwriter, Richard Stekol. You wouldn't be blamed if you thought it was a Nez song, with its break-up theme and non pop-song words. The band absolutely gels on this one. Cohen and Red Rhodes exchange solos that start melodic and descend into insanity. Nesmith's vocal delivery is one of his best on record. The way the song fades when it seems Nesmith hasn't finished what he's singing is a bit odd but lets the listener down gently. Jose Feliciano's congas are awesome on this. You will dance to this one and you will enjoy it.

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