12 episodes

Johnny Monaco is a singer, songwriter, guitar player & part-time SOCIALITE from Chicago, IL. After graduating from Harper College Johnny moved to Hollywood, CA where he attended & graduated from Musicians Institute. Shortly after Johnny was asked to join Chicago pop rockers Enuff Z'Nuff as lead guitarist and eventually frontman for the band. For the next twelve years Johnny toured extensively throughout the US, Europe & Japan.​ In addition Johnny has appeared in several print publications including Guitar World, Guitar Player, Young Guitar, Burrn!, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Spin & Rolling Stone Magazine.​​

After leaving this twelve year stint in 2008 Johnny continued to front his own pop band and released his solo debut, Overrated. Edgy, sharp-witted power pop for the 21st century with a flair for sugary choruses & the ultra catchy melody. When he's not out performing live you'll find Johnny holed up in his Chicago home studio crafting the perfect pop/rock gems that combine elements of British Invasion song craft with today's latest studio trickery. Johnny's nonconformist approach to life & music has a familiarity to it, yet is all together his own.

Johnny has also been very successful in the creative world of the pop-jingle business and has written & performed on a long list of TV & Radio tracks with production team Genuine Music. Clients include: Coors, Budweiser, Michelob, L&M, Pall Mall, KFC, Ivory, Army, Jeep, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Nintendo, Goodwill, Maytag, Oreo, Whirlpool, Wendy's & Yamaha. In addition, Johnny is included on the talent roster of globe leading, interactive songwriting team SongDivision. Clients include: Virgin, Microsoft, American Express, Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, L'Oréal, Bayer, Marie Claire, The Salvation Army, P&G, Virgin Mobile, Novo Nordisk, Condé Nast, TD Bank, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gilead Sciences, Aesynt, Quicken Loans, Commonwealth Financial, LAUNCH, Omnicom, Cardinal Health, MWI Animal Health, Total Wine, Abbott, FLIRT & Swift.

In the summer of 2013 Johnny teamed up with former band mates Enuff Z'Nuff for their twenty-eight city 80's Invasion Tour & UK Winter Tour beginning in Wales at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival. Johnny continued to front the band throughout multiple lineup changes until his departure in 2016. In winter of 2016 Johnny was invited to instruct aboard the very first all guitar dominated teaching cruise Axes & Anchors along with guitar legends Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde & Marty Friedman. In 2017 & 2018 Johnny continued touring throughout the U.S. & Australia with American rock bands Tantric & L.A. Guns for spring & summer tours.

Today Johnny has launched his very first podcast It's Not Me, It's Absolutely You! and continues to write & record along with live performances throughout Chicago & the Midwest with his JOHNNY SOLO LIVE! show and CURRENT I POP I ROCK I DANCE & 80's trio THE SOCIALITES. In Johnny's musical world, any subject is fair game and he delivers with a style & swagger that's all his own and hard to resist. Johnny is currently accepting opportunities in music, TV & film. Listen to Johnny's latest music on iTunes & Spotify.

It's Not Me It's Absolutely You! Johnny Monaco

    • Improv

Johnny Monaco is a singer, songwriter, guitar player & part-time SOCIALITE from Chicago, IL. After graduating from Harper College Johnny moved to Hollywood, CA where he attended & graduated from Musicians Institute. Shortly after Johnny was asked to join Chicago pop rockers Enuff Z'Nuff as lead guitarist and eventually frontman for the band. For the next twelve years Johnny toured extensively throughout the US, Europe & Japan.​ In addition Johnny has appeared in several print publications including Guitar World, Guitar Player, Young Guitar, Burrn!, Metal Edge, Classic Rock, Spin & Rolling Stone Magazine.​​

After leaving this twelve year stint in 2008 Johnny continued to front his own pop band and released his solo debut, Overrated. Edgy, sharp-witted power pop for the 21st century with a flair for sugary choruses & the ultra catchy melody. When he's not out performing live you'll find Johnny holed up in his Chicago home studio crafting the perfect pop/rock gems that combine elements of British Invasion song craft with today's latest studio trickery. Johnny's nonconformist approach to life & music has a familiarity to it, yet is all together his own.

Johnny has also been very successful in the creative world of the pop-jingle business and has written & performed on a long list of TV & Radio tracks with production team Genuine Music. Clients include: Coors, Budweiser, Michelob, L&M, Pall Mall, KFC, Ivory, Army, Jeep, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Nintendo, Goodwill, Maytag, Oreo, Whirlpool, Wendy's & Yamaha. In addition, Johnny is included on the talent roster of globe leading, interactive songwriting team SongDivision. Clients include: Virgin, Microsoft, American Express, Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, L'Oréal, Bayer, Marie Claire, The Salvation Army, P&G, Virgin Mobile, Novo Nordisk, Condé Nast, TD Bank, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gilead Sciences, Aesynt, Quicken Loans, Commonwealth Financial, LAUNCH, Omnicom, Cardinal Health, MWI Animal Health, Total Wine, Abbott, FLIRT & Swift.

In the summer of 2013 Johnny teamed up with former band mates Enuff Z'Nuff for their twenty-eight city 80's Invasion Tour & UK Winter Tour beginning in Wales at the Hard Rock Hell VII festival. Johnny continued to front the band throughout multiple lineup changes until his departure in 2016. In winter of 2016 Johnny was invited to instruct aboard the very first all guitar dominated teaching cruise Axes & Anchors along with guitar legends Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde & Marty Friedman. In 2017 & 2018 Johnny continued touring throughout the U.S. & Australia with American rock bands Tantric & L.A. Guns for spring & summer tours.

Today Johnny has launched his very first podcast It's Not Me, It's Absolutely You! and continues to write & record along with live performances throughout Chicago & the Midwest with his JOHNNY SOLO LIVE! show and CURRENT I POP I ROCK I DANCE & 80's trio THE SOCIALITES. In Johnny's musical world, any subject is fair game and he delivers with a style & swagger that's all his own and hard to resist. Johnny is currently accepting opportunities in music, TV & film. Listen to Johnny's latest music on iTunes & Spotify.

    Episode #12 - Paper Tiger

    Episode #12 - Paper Tiger

    Tantric, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Alcatrazz, The Socialites, Xanax, She Said She Found Her Soulmate, Jardin Du Luxembourg, Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Yamaha Thailand, Tony Lewis, Private events, Humbolt Park Lagoon Celebrity Alligator, Donnie Vie Beautiful Things, Countyline Tavern, Quarantine Stand Up, FB Live, #stayhome, Cannon, Everyone is offended, Hate-Like/ Woke, Millennials, Australia, The Patch

    music: Drugs in the Mix – Johnny Monaco
    music: Miss Amber – Johnny Monaco

    • 35 min
    Episode #11 - Starbucks Jesus

    Episode #11 - Starbucks Jesus

    Virtue Signaling, pinning for attention & sympathy, Donnie Vie is Charles Manson, Enuff Z’nuff & touring, talking about dicks, “i’m writing a book”, cover bands should be better, it’s all your fault & you’re not as good as you think you are, “I’m gonna do...”, ideas are nothing, Starbucks Jesus, girls at tables talking, Amazon returns @ Kohl’s, Kids Words, i usually never grope without consent, forensic files, choosing health care is like going to KFC, my MRI, Charlotte Kemp Muhl & UNI, Haters Back Off!, i’m starting a NEW band (i think), looking for inspiration.

    music: Alien Days – MGMT

    Why incompetent people think they're amazing – David Dunning
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOLmD_WVY-E

    UNI
    https://www.uni-bomber.com/home/

    Haters Back Off!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDDAClMibkM&t=15s

    • 52 min
    Episode #10 - SUMMER of LIES

    Episode #10 - SUMMER of LIES

    "Johnny Monaco is a LOSER!” – Chip Z’nuff – Raging Bull – Z'UMP – L.A. Guns @ ARCADA – DONNIE VIE is Crazy – Overrated vs Unknown – SongDivison Chicago – The Socialites – Maytag – LAS VEGAS/ The Limit Mandalay Bay – The Car Wash took my $2.25 – “I highly recommended it” – Wrigley’s Extra Time To Shine – Uber vs Taxi – Kids on Bikes – SOCKS – Post Office – Panda Express – Vocal Coaches – I threw up the other day – She’s Leaving Home Video – I got fired from BRIO – Mr Big @ ARCADA – Fran Cosom/ Boston – St Charles / Motorcycle / River / Rocket Fizz – My Car – APPROVED! – MY Birthday! - Summer/ Bushes / Motorcycle / RV – Jewel – Dog barking – She Said She Found Her Soulmate – Cambodia - Thailand - Vietnam – Laos – Speakeasy @ ARCADA – I Met Corey Feldman – Metropolitan Square – Kevin Rankin, my mom, Peter & Cathy Kuehl – Little kids walk right up to me & start talking – Mickey Finn’s – 4th of July! – The Drive Way – Working on the Motorcycle –TEKKIES – I still think I wanna move to Las Vegas


    music: Do You Feel It? (Rick and Morty Auto Erotic Assimilation Song) Chaos Chaos

    • 57 min
    Episode #9 - Always Consider The Source

    Episode #9 - Always Consider The Source

    Always consider the source, people tell you what you want to hear, AIRPORT, booger eating flicker, i’m thinking of moving to Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, i got kicked out of the World’s Largest Souvenir Store, I got a haircut, Enuff Z’Nuff at Vamp’d, Scot Coogan’s house, COBRA ZEBRA & Brendan Scholz, Trains, CUBS WIN, The Hurting Kind, Starbucks, girls in stretchy pants & panhandling, people imposing their will, Crows, Home Depot is for the birds, the Knee Brace commercial, i won a raffle at Durty Nellies, I bought & returned another amp, “I’m not playing with you anymore!”, Guitar Center “what brings you in today chief?”, i wanna be in Breaking Bad for real, Robot Sex Doll, Twilight Zone ‘Take Over Marathon’, cold fries at McDonald’s, SD San Antonio, $1 Store, Solo Acoustic PR Video, I’ve been unmotivated lately.

    music: Go All The Way – Raspberries

    • 25 min
    Episode #8 - 6 Months Ago

    Episode #8 - 6 Months Ago

    Why I Quit Enuff Z’nuff – I Had A Girlfriend – AXES & ANCHORS – I Married a SHARK! – Underground Space Stations – I Bought a Les Paul – Johnny Monaco & The Socialites – 27 Shows in July! – Hot Rollers – Chip Came Over – Why I Cut Everyone Off – My BDAY – I Bought a Few Guitars – Voicemail Box = FULL – FB Fake Profiles – I Bought a Motorcycle – My Bank Sucks – Tree Trimming – I almost bit my tongue off – Paul Stanley: “He’s an Enigma” – Driving to the gigs is a lot of work – Lenny’s Wedding – 4th of July – God will show you the way – Walmart – Metropolitan Square – EXXXOTICA – Train Tracks – F**K TED NUGENT – Woman’s Golf – STRANGER THINGS/ walkie talkies – Juicing on day 64 at STARBUCKS – My car seat – I DROVE OVER MY GUITAR! – SongDivision Chicago – Mr. President! – Secret Societies & The Banks – Vaping – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

    music: I Still Have That Other Girl – Elvis Costello

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode #7 - Hello Jesus It's Me

    Episode #7 - Hello Jesus It's Me

    Hello Jesus, Thanksgiving is over, “Table For Two”, Indians & caves drawings, We all came from the stars, LITTERALY, It’s like a magic act, 1500 years, The Most Dangerous Mind Set Ever, Chip’s Thanksgiving texts, “Enjoy The Fruits of Your Dinner”, I must be secretly hated, “You’re negative”, Text me back!, Staples, Doubling Down & F off 2015, I wanna be on Vanderpump Rules, Dating Isn’t My Thing & “I’m a perfectionist”, Tacos, Zit Kit, What are you looking at!?, EZN @ Star Bar, SD Boston, Ryan Vander Sanden, Bret Michaels, You need to be more positive, Jason Becker, NYE @ The Rockbar/ San Jose.

    music: Let’s Set Our Hearts @ Self-Destruct – Johnny Monaco

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

wildheart66 ,

Love this guy!

He's so witty and he can play guitar too!! Seriously, he's soooo cool! 🕴edit, he now hates me, but I don’t care, he’s still a great guy with immense talent and is very very funny and talented. Check out his stuff on you tube too. Love you JM x

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