Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Moog

One of the things that I love about blogging is that I finally have something to do with all the trivia that's rattling around in my head.  For example, today is the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.  I wasted way too much time on my way here playing with the Moog Google Doodle and I'm probably going to waste some more later.

The Moog synth trivia is that its first appearance on a pop record was on the song "Daily Nightly" from the Monkees 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.  (your bonus piece of trivia is that Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith shared a birthday and another Capricorn on there would have just sounded weird).  I own this album and it's very mid-60s and very fun.  Smack talking wool hat pimp daddy Mike Nesmith wrote the lyrics and Micky Dolenz played around on one of the very first synths and this is what they came up with.

Okay, Sgt. Pepper it ain't but it's still trippy.  Thanks Mr. Moog.  The 80s wouldn't have been the same without you.


  1. I learned of Moog from the Monkees too. And I've always liked "Daily Nightly." :-) (Pieces is my favorite Monkees album with "Salesman" being one of my most favorite Monkees songs.)

    1. I am such a sucker for Nesmith's voice in general but "Fading Through the Door Into Summer" is my fave from that album.

  2. my high school had a MOOG synth. I don't remember which one, unfortunately. It was kind of a pain to get a sound out of -- not like plug and play synthesizers today. You had to understand stuff about the nature of sound before you could get it to work -- stuff like attack, decay, sustain, release -- envelope stuff -- and you had to twist a lot of gears to make it work. I learned a lot about how different acoustic instruments worked because of playing with the synthesizer, trying to get it to sound like various things.


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