Friday, March 02, 2012

the monkees

sadly davy jones passed away a couple days ago at the criminally early age of 66. the monkees were a very terrific band that got short shrift for being an entity manufactured for the purpose of television. instead the four members of the band turned to creating their own sounds and personalities into a brew of pop beauties. i've been on a monkees jag since i read about jones' death. i'm not an expert on their music or careers but this song is stuck in my head. the tune is the theme for the monkees' first and only feature film head [1968] a surreal mind-fuck directed by bob rafelson. in memory to davy jones here's 'the porpoise song':


At 12:25 PM, Blogger Allen said...

I walked into Head a couple of times and couldn't stay. It clashed so with the tv show: grim where the show was carefree. too much of a bump. their music, tho, is first class pop, I don't mind saying. if you want to see a great video, check out their "Pleasant Valley Sunday" on Youtube. Mickey doesn't hardly pretend to drum but Davy (!!!) looks like the greatest bassist times three. Mike looks angry and is muttering and Peter is manic. Don't nopbody knock 'em.

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although the Monkees were a parody of the Fab Four, I think that they were way cooler.
1. They rolled around in the Dean Jefferies customized 1966 GTO monkeemobile.
2. Michael Nesmith went on to be the excutive producer of Repo Man.

But then again they also launched the career of song writer Neil Diamond. B

At 10:03 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

allen, did check out that vid. wonderful song. i don't think mike is mumbling. i think he was singing along.

b., yeah man, mike gave us REPO MAN! that alone is worthy of praise.


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