1. COLORING BOOK - A Little Bit Me, A little You

  2. THE ROCKETS RED GLARE - Listen To The Band

  3. HEADQUARTERS - Last Train To Clarksville

  4. NEWBILL - Auntie's Municipal Court

  5. BIKERIDE - Look Out here Comes Tomorrow

  6. ASTROPOP 3 - Forget That Girl

  7. JUMPROPE - Don't Call On Me

  8. MARYKATE O'NEIL - Pleasant Valley Sunday

  9. THE MENDOZA LINE - I Wanna Be Free

  10. SUNDAY SMOKE KIT: Early Morning Blues And Greens

  11. THE ECHO ORBITER: I'm A Believer

  12. MIND VENERATION: Shades of Gray

  13. CARTER: Daydream Believer

  14. WOLFIE: Through The Looking Glass

  15. EL SQUATCHO: The Porpoise Song


Various Artists
“Through the Looking Glass: Indie Pop Plays The Monkees”

Released October, 2000.
Executive Producers:  William Hickey, Angelo DelParto, Neil DelParto, Scott Meiggs, Mark Renfro, Steve Frank, and Kevin Corrie

Originally destined to be a notch above 1990's Monkees tribute "Hear No Evil," Planting Seeds Records' attempt at compiling a who's who in indie music circa 1998-1999 never quite materialized. There was brief interest from then-unknown Belle And Sebastian with their take on "Sometime In The Morning," The Ladybug Transistor with "As We Go Along" and Dressy Bessy with "Tapioca Tundra," as well as The Essex Green, Beulah, Elf Power, and more. However, for one reason or another, their contributions never panned out. The compilation did manage to grab The Mendoza Line, Wolfie (actually featuring Joe and Amanda Ziemba - now known as the Like Young - Polyvinyl Records), Marykate O'Neil, and a host of others...

Read up on some Monkees memories at Planting Seeds' "Through the Looking Glass: Words from the Artists."

Magnet / No. 47, Nov-Dec 2000

SONGS OF DEVOTION - 60s Tributes, Indie Style

Certainly, the Monkees' catalog is ripe for plundering, tackled previously on 1992's Here No Evil, which featured Southerners like Mitch Easter. The 15-track Through The Looking Glass (Planting Seeds), conversely, is Northeast-centric. Aside from the presence of a Monkees cover band (New Jersey's Headquarters), the LP's most successful numbers are also it's most eccentric: Bikeride's acoustic-busker take on "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," Mendoza Line's atmospheric "I Wanna Be Free" and El Squatcho's psycho deconstruction of "The Porpoise Song." - Fred Mills