That Was Then, This Is Now (song)

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"That Was Then, This Is Now"
That Was Then, This Is Now cover.jpg
Single by the Monkees
from the album
Then & Now... The Best of The Monkees
Released June 27, 1986[1]
Recorded May 30, 1986[2]
Genre Pop, Rock, Synthpop
Length 4:02
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Vance Brescia
Producer(s) Michael Lloyd
the Monkees singles chronology
"Christmas Is My Time of Year"
"That Was Then, This Is Now"
"Daydream Believer (remix)"

"That Was Then, This Is Now" is a song written by Vance Brescia for his band the Mosquitos and recorded as the title track of their 1985 EP.[3] Clive Davis of Arista records heard it and picked it to be the Monkees comeback single and theme of The Monkees 20th Anniversary Tour, made in 1986. [4]


The Monkees (at that point consisting of Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) covered the song for Arista Records, who released their recording as a single and on the compilation album Then & Now... The Best of The Monkees in June 1986.[5] The compilation album with three newly recorded songs was released by Arista and went platinum during the tour. “That Was Then, This Is Now” became the band's new single and a video for it was filmed at the Great Arena in Jackson, New Jersey on July 25. The video received heavy airplay on MTV, making the song a Billboard Top 20 hit the summer of 1986. [6]


The song was a surprise hit, capitalizing on Monkees nostalgia at the time, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the band's first Top 40 hit since "D.W. Washburn" in 1968), and number 24 on the adult contemporary chart. It has since been featured on several compilation albums by the Monkees.


  1. ^ Wang, Kenneth K. "1986–1989." The Monkees Sessionography. Last updated 2 May 1999. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ Wang, Kenneth K. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  3. ^ Buscareno, Blair and Bill Jones. "The Mosquitoes." Yahoo! Groups. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  4. ^ Vance Brescia "[1]."
  5. ^ Wang, Kenneth K. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  6. ^ The Monkees Live Almanac - The Monkees 20th Anniversary Tour "[2]."
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