Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is an American vocalist, guitarist and actress. She is best known as a member of The Bangles.
“Different Drum” is a song written by Mike Nesmith in 1965 (also copyrighted that year) and originally recorded by the northern bluegrass band the Greenbriar Boys and included on their 1966 album, Better Late than Never!. The song tells of a pair of lovers, one of whom wants to settle down, while the other wants to retain a sense of freedom and independence. Its narrator is the lover who wants to remain free, telling the other that they “will both live a lot longer” if they part ways now.
The song reached a wider audience when Nesmith rushed through a version of it in a comedy bit while pretending to be Billy Roy Hodstetter, in the Monkees television show episode “Too Many Girls”, which aired in December 1966. Davy Jones mentions this during the commentary track on some DVDs of this episode.
Nesmith later rerecorded the song for his 1972 LP And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’. His version contains four verses, as opposed to the three in Ronstadt’s version.