Sunday, April 20, 2008

Monday Music Mania

When I was a freshman in high school, I somehow discovered the Monkees. I spent the majority of the year obsessed with them, even going so far as to program our (then) cutting edge VCR to tape all the episodes. A few years later my Mom "accidentally" taped over them so that she could watch her freaking General Hospital. I was pissed. I still kind of am, since I wrote "GINA'S TAPE" all over it.

I don't know how many people have actually watched any of the Monkees shows, but they were actually pretty funny. And continuing in my tradition of liking funny men, I was enamored of Mickey Dolenz, not the pretty little English Davey Jones.

One of their biggest hits, "Daydream Believer" was one of my least favorite songs. "Last Train to Clarkesville" was more my style.



Chris said...

I'm still a huge Monkees fan.
Thanks for the memories...;)

Suzanne said...

I remember amusing my (much older) sister's friends by announcing that I loved Davey Jones when I was 5. Oh how I loved that show.

Hope said...

now I'm confused...... I loved the Monkees, in fact had pinups
( Mickey was the man I knew I would eventually marry) from teen beat magazine all over my room
but in the early 80's i was already a MOM of a preschooler....
are my timelines scrwed or did they have a comeback that i missed in the midst of young motherhood????????
Thanks for the flashback, even though I'm confused which decade I'm flashbacking to!!!!

Hope said...

Ah ha..... I knew i wasn't that confused.... you were watching RERUNS honey.... I loved him first :)
"The Monkees TV Show premiered on NBC in September 1966 presenting a wacky comedy show about a 4 piece long haired rock band. It was patterned after a movie, as many TV shows are, called "A Hard Days Night" starring The Beatles. The 4 actors recruited for the show had all performed musically prior to the show, and they used their real names for the characters. "

Maternal Mirth said...

By far my favorite Monkees song, but Daydream was a close 2nd. And Michael Nesmith was my man ... something about the sideburns. Me's a gal who likes facial hair :)

Bammy said...

I too.. loved the Monkees the first time around.. bought a tamborine so I could be like Davy... and michaels mom lived not too far from us.. befoe she made it big with the liquid paper thing..

dr sardonicus said...

I probably saw most of those old Monkees TV shows, but since I was only 6-7 years old at the time I don't remember them too well.

"Last Train To Clarksville" is a good 'un - I also regard "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", and "Valleri" highly. The Monkees' singles hold up surprisingly well with time, partly because they had the good sense to use some of the top songwriters of the day, like Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

gmcountrymama said...

OMG, I was also obsessed with the Monkeys for a while! I recently downloaded some of their music too. I thought Davy was soo cute, now, not so much.