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 Post subject: The Monkees
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:02 pm 
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A recent write-up on The A.V. Club pushed me to write about this. When I was younger I went through a Monkees kick. Not sure if it was because I caught their original show in syndication or a VH1 Behind the Music special or both but I bought their greatest hits double-disc album as one of my first individual purchases music-related. I got older and outside of punk was completely out of the modern music circle. Even the kids around me who said they preferred classic rock did not have the slightest idea about The Monkees (their loss). Even when I would explain The Monkees to them they thought it was closer to Hannah Montana (again, their loss).

I personally think The Monkees went from humorously imitating the groups at the time (like The Rutles or Spinal Tap) to becoming a serious band that had great pop hits. Yeah, initially, they did not play their own instruments or write their own stuff but they were great songs (though Mike Nesmith was always from the start the most talented musician with both his guitar playing and songwriting). I have never really been ashamed of it. I know plenty of people who like The Spice Girls and Ke$ha un-ironically but I am pretty sure none of those people also think the world really underestimates those people as artists like I feel people do with The Monkees.











And my absolute favorite:


So, am I crazy with my Monkees geekery or am I on to something?


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 Post subject: Re: The Monkees
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Yes. A little crazy :). But you are also onto something. I, myself, will give them a listen from time to time.

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 Post subject: Re: The Monkees
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:20 pm 
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Peter Tork was actually pretty talented as well.

My favorite song was probably, "What am I doin' hangin' round", though of the most popular parts of their songbook, "Last Train to Clarkesville" ...

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 Post subject: Re: The Monkees
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:06 pm 
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Sadly bumped to note the passing of Davy Jones.

RIP.



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 Post subject: Re: The Monkees
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:03 pm 
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RIP Davy. You are going to sorely missed. I am very sad today as a piece of my childhood was taken away. I hope you are resting comfortably Davy.


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 Post subject: Re: The Monkees
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:37 pm 
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RIP

I would say him and most of the group (sometimes Nesmith could get prickly) were good sports about their popularity and spoofing in the 80s and 90s after MTV and Nick at Nite showing re-runs really gained them a new following. Case in point, Davy's ingenious cameo in The Brady Bunch movie (which is itself not too bad of a watch):


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