4 Reasons The Monkees Are Back on Top

Seventy-something rockers still hit the concert trail these days. And when they do, their fans typically hit the restroom as soon as they say, "here's a little something from our new album."

That won't be the case this summer when fans line up to see The Monkees.

The so-called pre-Fab Four just released a new album, its first featuring new material in 20 years. And people are gobbling it up. "Good Times!" made a splash on the Amazon.com sales charts. It also debuted at no. 6 on the Billboard album charts, ahead of Adele, Rihanna and Chris Stapleton.

The album is a Frankenstein's monster of sorts, stitched together from material originally written decades ago as well as new songs by Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis).

And it's good!

Of course, plenty of "good" albums fail to crack the charts. Why are The Monkees, on the road in support of their signature show's 50th anniversary, suddenly hitmakers when they should be cashing their Social Security checks?

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