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The Monkees Live in Japan 1968 video HELP!

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In 1968, The Monkees toured Australia and Japan. These concerts were hugely successful despite the fact Monkeemania was waning in the US and the UK. Their movie Head had yet to be released and would be seen by many as the groups suicide note to the world, although it’s more likely Bob Rafelson’s murder confession. In the Far East The Monkees were kings.

Despite being mocked for originally not playing on their own records, by this stage the group had become a very tight musical unit. A little garagey for sure, but they really could rock. 6 shows were played in Japan to ecstatic fans who were incredibly excited to see their TV heroes come to life before their very eyes. Here are the dates played in Japan in 1968 –

October 3: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (2 shows)
October 4: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
October 5: Kokusai Hall, Kyoto, Japan
October 7: Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
October 8: Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan

It is believed that one of these shows was taped and broadcast over 2 nights on Japanese television. The audio of this broadcast exists, complete with Japanese commentary which many fans find annoying (personally, I find it rather endearing!). You can listen to the audio here

The video however has never surfaced. It is the Holy Grail amongst Monkees collectors. I’m not 100% sure that it was even broadcast on television. My mission is to find out 2 things – firstly, was this concert actually broadcast on Japanese television and secondly, where the bloody hell is it now?

If you can help in any way whatsoever, please email iain@iainlee.com. Honestly, no nugget of information is too small. Did you see it? Did your parents see it? Have you ever been in the vaults of a Japanese TV station and seen a mysteriously labelled videocassette with the words The Monkees on? Did you tape this off your television? Anything you can provide will help as I strive to bring this lost treasure to the world of Monkees fans.

A big thanks to the fab www.MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com for pics and facts.

Peace and love.

Marrakesh Express – first night!

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IMG_6007For some reason, I am in Marrakesh. I booked this trip last week on a whim. Life was getting to be way too heavy for me, so I did what addicts like to call a ‘geographical’ which basically means running away from all the stuff that was getting me down. The problem being that wherever I go, there I am.

The journey feels like it’s taken forever, but that’s because I started a long way away. I was in Scunthorpe this weekend taping my podcast The Rabbit Hole in front of a small but beautiful and highly appreciative audience. The venue, Cafe Indiependent, was absolutely stunning and we were made to feel very welcome. The small group that turned up looked very comfortable on the sofas and Laz-E-Boys that were used as seating. I messed up the technicals a bit and came away feeling a little annoyed with myself, but they were good shows.

So I was up bright and early to drive from Scarborough to Flitwick to drop Katherine home, and then on to Gatwick to come to Morocco. It really has been a long old day and I am absolutely shattered, but thrilled to have made it.

I very rarely go to places abroad on my own, which is odd because I really do prefer my own company. I annoy myself a lot and get flustered, but its better I experience these things with me and not someone else. Also, if I just want to sit around and do nothing, that’s cool. With someone else there I feel I have to be on all the time, and entertaining.

I wasn’t sure why I chose Marrakesh but I remembered a couple of weeks ago we pre-recorded a bit for the Apocalypse special that went out last week on my talkRADIO show The Late Night Alternative. Basically, we turned the phone in concert on its head and performed a little theatrical piece that was hinted at in hour 2 of the show and slowly took shape in the last hour. Anyway, in the pre-recorded bit (the first half hour was live, the second half hour was all taped in advance) I was reminded of the time I broadcast an LBC show from Marrakesh about 10 years ago. We had guests and the signal wasn’t great, in fact I think it dropped out a few times and the emergency tape may have even kicked in, but it was a pretty cool 3 hours of radio. What was even cooler about it was we weren’t even in Morocco. We hadn’t left our studio in Ladbroke Grove. The technical team just messed with the signal so it sounded very tinny and distant, I played a Moroccan market sound track and all of our guests, whilst being of Moroccan origin, also had establishments in Shepherds Bush. Hmm.

So this is probably why it was on my mind. I had initially wanted to go to North Korea but the trips are very expensive and there are only a few windows throughout the year you can go. Still, I’d love to do it one day.

After a brief stopover on Casablanca, I finally arrived in Marrakesh at 10.30pm. Here’s the funny thing, its in the same time zone as Britain. I don;t know why that amuses me so much, its not especially funny and I certainly wouldn’t open with it, but I don’t think I’ve ever been abroad and still been in the same time zone.

I’ve decided that while I’m here, I am going to do things I wouldn’t normally do. While I was waiting with the driver from the hotel, an American couple came and spoke to me. I answered briefly and they walked away. But no, I want to confront my fears and try and at least pretend to be a confident man, so I took a deep breath and went over and engaged them in conversation. This may not seem like a big thing to you, but to me it is HUGE. We chatted and they told me they were on their honeymoon and were musicians and cool stuff like that. When I ran out of things to say, I wanted to lift that awkward silence so I blurted out ‘Shame about Tom Petty dying, huh?’

Turns out they knew nothing about Tom’s passing and they were both quite upset by it.

Eventually we got to the hotel except it wasn’t a hotel, it was a hostel. This is cool because I kind of knew it was a hostel but didn’t want to admit that to myself. Look, the whole 6 nights including flights and hotel (sorry hostel) cost £490 so I wasn’t expecting much. the only other time I stayed in a hostel was in Japan in a Buddhist temple and it was easily the most uncomfortable 2 nights of my life. At least this time I had booked a room to myself and my own shower and toilet. Or so I thought…the hotel had obviously thought I was’t coming and rented my room out. Never mind, they knew somewhere nearby that would take me.

The room, which I am in now, is basic but OK. It’s a bed, well, 2 beds actually, and a shower and a toilet but I know it is going to get VERY noisy outside my room when all the heads and hippies come down in the morning. Ah well, 6 nights. Although part of me is thinking ‘fuck it, go to a nice hotel’.

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I finally checked in around 12.30, dropped my stuff off and headed to the square. It was still bustling with life and plenty of market stalls were open. I bought a bottle of water and some juice for 10 times the price it said on the actual stall. Ah well, first night and all that. I then had a wander and was offered some pigs heads. I passed. Maybe tomorrow night.

After a meal of chicken tagine, I wandered back to the hostel where I was offered hash, grass and opium. I passed on all 3. A young beggar boy was pestering me for food in French. I politely declined and then ignored him. After a few minutes he said in perfect English ‘Oh fuck you you motherfucker’.

I am now in my ‘room’ wide awake. I’ve just looked at myself naked in the mirror and seen a fat old man looking back. The stuff I came here to avoid is still in my head. And now I’m wondering if I’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake coming here. I’ve left some of my meds at home, so I only have enough Mirtazapine for 4 nights. Not the end of the world, I can stretch them out a bit, but that’s making me anxious.

The Rabbit Hole Tour

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The Rabbit Hole is a wonderfully silly (sometimes serious) podcast I record with Katherine Boyle. It’s a live pre-recorded phone in show taped in front of a mostly live audience. We are now on tour, taking the show all over the place. This means we have only ONE London show this year, and it’s soon! So if you want to come to it, get tickets soon. Also, apart from London, all the venues are really small, holding maybe 50 or 60, so if you’re thinking of coming, please get tickets soon!

17th September – OUR ONLY LONDON SHOW! Kings Place http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/iain-lee-katherine-boyle-present-the-rabbit-hole#.WZcrP63MyRt

1st October – Scunthorpe – do we even have an audience in Scunthorpe? I hope so! Get your tickets here http://www.seetickets.com/event/mouth-mag-iain-lee-kath-boyle-the-rabbit-hole/cafe-indiependent/1130119

14th October – Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton – This has almost sold out so get your tickets sharpish http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410867

29th October – Kardomah 94 – Hull – at last, we come to Hull! Please support us and come along! https://www.hullboxoffice.com/events/the-rabbit-hole-with-iain-lee-and-katherine-boyle

We’ve also got our first show in Belfast happening in January of next year and we should be part of the Wolverhampton comedy festival in November 2017.

 

The Door Into Summer episode 3

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Exciting news. I have TWO new music shows! I’ll be hosting Sunday mornings on Virgin between 10pm and 1am starting July 9th and I could not be more excited! But I also do a home brew music show in my spare room once a week where I get to choose all the songs. The Door Into Summer gets its name from a Monkees song but I promise you, it’s not too Monkees heavy. I just sit at my desk and flick through my MP3’s. I was going to be a purist and use only CD’s and vinyl, but is actually a faff, so for now, it is all digital. I do have about 40,000 songs on my Mac, so it’s some task. One song begets the next which fires off a spark in my head taking us neatly to the third and so on for about an hour each week. I get nothing from it but the thrill of sharing good music.

You can get them all at www.mixcloud.com/iainlee and episode 3 is available HERE!

 

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York part 2!

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A whole week of shows in NYC? What a silly idea! But, if Katherine and I could pull it off, what a coup? Unique in British radio. And I think we did. We packed the week full of interviews, guests and new locations. We overbooked. In the whole week we had a total of 3 hours to ourselves, and 2 of those were taken up with buying presents for the kids.

Still, what a thrill!

WEDNESDAY 14th June

Kenny Kramer – www.twitter.com/realkramer the inspiration for the character of Kramer in Seinfeld. Kenny is a delight and a wonderful storyteller. We invited him for breakfast although he Kramerwas on his way to the doctors and couldn’t eat. Still, he told us wonderful stories of Larry David and turning bullshine into an art form. He wasn’t totally convinced Kath and I were really working for a UK radio station so he’s asked that all of you email tourmail@kennykramer.com to tell him we are legit! Please do it! He runs an ace Seinfeld tour that I went on years ago and you can get details at www.kennykramer.com

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WFMU – @WFMU and www.wfmu.org This place is a radio geeks dream! A concept completely alien to the UK, a radio station staffed primarily by volunteers and funded by IMG_4531the listeners. I first discovered it by accident and then was lucky enough that the first person to reach out to me from there was Amanda Nazario, a young lady who presents an absolute powerhouse of a radio show. Her twitter is www.twitter.com/AmNazz and you can see more about her show here http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/AN – expect Lovin’ Spoonful followed by some swear punk band followed by space IMG_4536music. The show is incredible and she is a real inspiration. Her attitude certainly made me up my game on my shows and her and Irwin Chusid are the idea behind my new show on MixCloud www.mixcloud.com/iainlee 

 

 

We also spoke to Kim and Emily, hosts of In Real Life, I hadn’t heard the show when I Kim and emilyspoke to them but I have now and it is delightful. Have a listen here https://wfmu.org/playlists/IL and follow them on Twitter here www.twitter.com/inreallifeWFMU

It was a real thrill to chat to Irwin Chusid at WFMU. He’s the guy that discovered the Langley Schools Music Project music and Chusidmanaged to get it released. It’s an insane album and you should get it NOW by clicking HERE Irwin was a delight and another inspiration behind me getting off my ass as the Americans say and doing a music show in my spare room and spare time. His passion was infectious and we are going to get him back on the show, I promise. Check out his show here http://wfmu.org/playlists/IC

I cannot tell you how amazing I think this station is. Its magical. We recorded too much stuff there so the little tour Amanda gave us will come out as a separate pod. Follow me on Twitter to find out when all the pods get released. In the meantime, here’s a taster of what we experienced there http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-wfmu-wednesday-june-14-17061915378

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York – Part 1

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I can’t remember how or when I came up with the silly idea of taking the show to New York, but I do remember carrying it around with me for a few weeks before daring to share it with Katherine Boyle, my producer and co-host. She didn’t laugh. She just nodded and agreed that we could do it. My boss at talkRADIO, Dennie, also didn’t laugh and said he’d help us anyway he could.

Gulp.

I didn’t just want to do the usual show in NYC. It seemed pointless to fly over there, pay for a hotel and present exactly the same 15 hours of entertainment we could have done at home. Kath and I were adamant we wanted to bring New York home to you, the listener. If we experienced it, we wanted you to experience it. The show had to be noisy, sweaty and packed full of voices you wouldn’t normally hear. With that in mind, we spent the 6 weeks or so before we went away asking you for guest suggestions, going through our iPods and emailing EVERYONE! Some people came back saying no, some didn’t even come back, but, the people that did come back with a positive reaction were amazing. If anything, we overbooked ourselves.

Over the course of 5 days we met musicians, artists, comedians, podcasters, authors and fruitcakes. It was delicious fun and incredibly inspiring. So many voices crammed our show that there is a chance you may have missed a few of them and the links and websites they gave out. So, here’s part 1 of a little catch up where I will do my best to point you in the direction of the people we spoke to.

 

MONDAY 12th June

Maeve Higgins @MaeveInAmerica – we were so thrilled to speak to Maeve. I had been aware of her because she had popped up in my Twitter timeline a couple of times, but I hadn’t listened to her fab podcast Maeve In America https://www.maeveinamerica.com It is funny, touching, sad, weird and full of stories. An absolutely wonderful listen. You can listen to our chat with Maeve here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-maeve-higgins-17061315121

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Andrea Astoria @TheRedBunnyy – we broadcast our first NYC show from Pie By The Pound http://piebythepound.com and didn’t have a guest planned for the first hour. Jeffrey, the owner asked if we’d like to interview a local artist who had her work displayed in the restaurant. We of course said yes and were so pleased to chat to Andrea who does some very naughty pics! You can have a look at http://www.theredbunny.com You can hear our words here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-red-bunny-monday-june-12-17061315118P1000165

 

 

 

 

P1000176Gregg Young – The Bowery Boys http://www.boweryboyshistory.com is a superb podcast detailing the history of NYC in a unique and fascinating way. Each episode is a story focusing in on one aspect of the city’s past. I kind of developed a man crush on Gregg. He was so knowledgable and whereas I just usually make stuff up, he actually knows things! Wanna hear our voices? Go here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-bowery-boy-17061315119

 

TUESDAY 13th June

Steve Guttenberg @steveguttbuck – love this man. Absolute legend and friend. He kindly met us for breakfast and chatted to us about…life really. Such a cool dude. Love that man and you will too if you listen here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-steve-guttenberg-17061415200IMG_7156

 

 

 

Keith and the Girl @KeithAndTheGirl – This was such a thrill. Loads of you had suggested we try and get Keith and Chemda on the show, and I am so glad you did. Not only did we interview the, for our show, but Kath and I also had the honour of appearing on their show. We can only guess that someone else must have dropped out. You can hear our episode here http://www.keithandthegirl.com/Show-Detail/4890/Across-the-Pond.aspx and download all their shows from iTunes or your usual pod providers or http://www.keithandthegirl.com You can listen to them being interviewed for MY show here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-keith-and-girl-17061415203
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While we were there we also spoke to two excellent young comedians. First was Andrea Allen. Here are her podcast and how to contact her

And Hann Cowger also chatted to us. Twitter www.twitter.com/hannahBioticz

You can listen to my show on DAB in the UK and also on the talkRADIO app or the @radioplayer or @tunein apps. Or, you can listen live weeknights from 10pm UK time on www.talkradio.co.uk  There are daily podcasts you can get from all your usual pod providers, or from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2

SILLY VIDEOS

While we were in NYC, Kath and I decided to make some silly videos. Here are a couple of them. You can find the rest in my YT channel www.youtube.com/RabbitHole

Here’s a fun one. Free The Nipples!

 

And I got an exclusive interview with Donald Trump

Please share with as many people as you can, tick your RAJAR diaries and spread the word!

 

NEWCASTLE! JULY 9th! I’M COMING!

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I am bringing The Rabbit Hole with me and Katherine to Newcastle on July 9th! It’s an early evening show (5pm) cheap (a tenner) and should be a laugh. Come and watch us record new episodes and join in the fun. As always, we’ll stick around after the show for pics and chats and whatnot. Get your tickets by either visiting The Stand’s website or clicking here http://www.thestand.co.uk/show/29081/the_rabbit_hole

Listen to The Rabbit Hole NOW!

So many ways to hear my new radio show!

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Hello team

Some of you still don’t know that I know host a late night phone in show 5 nights a week! Incredible, but true. Almost as if talkRADIO haven’t spent any money on advertising. Never fear, I am here to tell you all the ways you can listen to it.

LIVE

The show goes out 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday, between 10pm and 1am. The BEST slot in the schedule as far as I’m concerned. You can listen live via the talkRADIO website. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk and there will be a handy button at the top of the page. The show isn’t on FM but IT IS on DAB. You may need to do a deep retune of your DAB to get it, please check your manuals. You can also download a handy talkRADIO app for iPhones and Androids. Get it. It’s free. And good.

I also stream most shows on Periscope. www.periscope.tv/iainlee is my Peri address. Follow me for random other things I do on there as well.

LISTEN AGAIN

It is a piece of pish to listen to an entire show after it has aired. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk click on ‘RADIO’ then ‘SCHEDULE’ then pick a date, scroll down, find my show and hit ‘LISTEN AGAIN’. It comes up in 30 minute chunks but it will play through continuously. Here’s a short video walking you through the procedure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS4pn7lKc5Q&feature=youtu.be

PODCASTS

We put out 1 or 2 pods a day. A best of that runs at about 90 minutes, and if we have a guest, that will go out as well. You can get it from your usual pod providers, just type in ‘Iain Lee talk’ and it should show up. Here are some links to help you find it.

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2

Overcast FM – https://overcast.fm/itunes1090367473/late-nights-with-iain-lee

PocketCasts – http://pca.st/2S4M

Podcast Addict – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Acast – https://www.acast.com/latenightswithiainlee

TuneIn – http://tunein.com/program/?ProgramId=840092

RSS Feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/late-nights-with-iain-lee

YouTube

I often post videos of particularly funny bits on my YouTube channel. The channel address is www.youtube.com/MrIainLee Here’s an example of the stuff I post, an hilarious game called ‘Tastes Like Food’

 

Soundcloud

We will often post clips of the show on SoundCloud. Here’s an example from a recent show when some ‘lads’ phoned up to talk to Cundy and Goldstein on talkSPORT. The muppets.

I think that’s it. I really appreciate your continued support for my show, it means so much to me. May I humbly ask that if you find a video or clip of mine you enjoy, then please do share it? It all helps raise my profile, increase my audience and make my job all the more secure. Thanks for reading and sharing this post.

 

Late Nights With Iain Lee in New York!

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So, it’s actually happening. We are taking the nightly radio show to New York, New York for a week of very special shows. I am so thrilled about this and I think we can bring something very special to you, the listener.

The show will be coming from NY between Monday 12th and Friday 16th June. It will still be weeknights at 10, live, and you’ll be able to call in as per usual, but we really want to try and capture the atmosphere of the fantastic city and share it through the airwaves. And for that, I really need your help.

Don’t worry, I’m not asking you for a penny. This is a jolly, and while we will be working hard, Kath and I will also be in bloody America! This is a unique opportunity, so please don’t for a second think I am asking you to dip into your pocket. I would not be so bold.

What I need from you are location and guest suggestions. I’ve already got 3 top stars lined up that will blow your minds, and I’ve ‘reached out’ to a q few more. But any names or characters or local people of interest you can think of, please let me know. I’ll put my email at the end of this post. They don’t have to be famous, au contraire, any locals of interest would be gratefully appreciated.

Maybe you listen to a podcast or radio show made in NY that I’ve missed, please, tell me, I’d love to listen and make contact with them. WE can of course arrange some cross promotion.

We also need locations. Small radio stations, studios, cafes with good internet, maybe you’re a listener to the show and you live in NY – we could do the show from your house! All we really need is good, reliable internet we can plug our little box of tricks into. And that’s it. We have a show.

Listen, this could be something really unique in the world of broadcasting, get your thinking caps on and let me know if you can help. My email is iain@iainleecom and I’m keen to hear your thoughts.