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What? No "Pleasant Valley Sunday"?

VH-1's Bubblegum Babylon special last night inspired me...

But first, a warning: People who are not Monkees fans should probably move along to the next entry on your friends list. This will not interest you at all.

People who are fans of the Pre-Fab Four: today I spent some time procrastinating by mp3-izing a selected set of Monkees songs to put on the iPod (because, really, how can I do any meaningful work without adding more songs to the iPod?). Narrowed my selection down to 14 choices, and, as is often the case with such things, they are not the usual Monkees top-40 fare.

The Davy-Jones-cute-n-catchy-vocals:
Daydream Believer (OK, fine, I included Daydream Believer. Come on, you HAVE to include Daydream Believer.)
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)

The psychedelia:
Porpoise Song
Daily Nightly

The mushy but nice:
Shades Of Gray
Sometime In The Morning

The Mike-Nesmith-country-western-crossover:
Nine Times Blue
Tapioca Tundra (Possibly my favorite Monkees song. It's so weird, you have to love it.)
The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
Papa Gene's Blues
Carlisle Wheeling (Re-released later by Mike, solo, as "Conversations", if I remember rightly.)

Randy Scouse Git
All Of Your Toys (The first song the boys recorded all by themselves...awww.)
The Door Into Summer

Oh, as to "Pleasant Valley Sunday," I do like it, but don't love it, that's all. "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," in contrast, annoys the hell out of me.



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Jan. 23rd, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
heheheh :D

I dont love the group, but my dad does like them quite a bit. It has rubbed off on me some, I must admit. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2003 04:09 pm (UTC)
I like the Monkees ... saw em in concert back in '86. Shades of Gray ... that was one of the ones that was actually sung by Peter, wasn't it?
Jan. 23rd, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)
He sings one verse, at least (the rest is mostly Davy). They didn't often let Pete do the vocals...hehe.
Jan. 23rd, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
I love "Pleasant Valley Sunday." It and "Last train to Clarksville" are scathing indictments of the late 60's early 70's. The first is a rant about conformity, the second is a war protest song.

And they were so utterly bubblegum that no one noticed the subversion.
Jan. 23rd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hehe...ironic, since those two were both recorded when the guys were still being puppeteered by their handlers. (Pretty sure they were written by others.) They get much more obvious in later ones..."Randy Scouse Git" seems rather obviously anti-draft.

Heard that a fangirl at the time broke into the relevant draft office and stole Davy's information, so he couldn't get shipped out. Though now that I think about it, he was British, so *could* he have been drafted anyway? Hmm.
Jan. 23rd, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
heehee. You just made my day. I used to watch the Monkees, and I only recognized maybe three of the titles. I feel young.
Please don't think I'm saying you're old [as a matter of fact, I believe I'm older than you.] But earlier today, I mentioned to one of my employees [a 19 year old girl] that I was excited to hear the theme from "The Greatest American Hero" on our 70's station on the satallite today and she responed with, "Cool. What show is that from?" Grrr. Youth.

PS. Bubblegum Babylon did totally rock though. Such memories.
Jan. 23rd, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air...
hahaha... I loved "The Greatest American Hero"! But, yes, I was pretty young when it was on. Seven, maybe..? And I only knew of the Monkees thru their Nickelodeon re-runs in the '80s. My first rock-band obsession.

Hmm, if you watched enough of the episodes (i.e., nearly all of them), you would have heard...well, at least half those songs, at some point. I know "Daily Nightly" was on it (it was in black and white, at the end of an episode once; Micky's afro phase)...so was "Randy Scouse Git" (also afro phase; Micky was wearing what looked to be a Bohemian tablecloth)... "Papa Gene's Blues" was in one of their episodes set on a farm or a hick town..."Shades of Gray" was some weepy episode where they were going to send Davy home to England; he was walking on the beach..."The Door into Summer" was one of their cross-dressing episodes (think it was Davy who had the honors)... OK, I better stop now; this is scary.

But yes. Bubblegum Babylon was strangely fascinating. I had never heard of a Cowsill till then. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2003 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air...
Wow, the Cowsill's were legend. I was particularly facinated with the Partridge family myself, although I must say I favoured Shaun Cassidy over David. Sadly I followed many of the groups profiled on the show from the 70s til now. Yep. I admit it. I'm a pop tart. Heh.
Jan. 23rd, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air...
Oh my God, I completely forgot about Micky's afro phase
Jan. 23rd, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
Hehehe...but it was so cute. Much nicer than his artificially-straightened hair.

Come to think of it, it was rather hobbit-ish, that afro phase...
Jan. 24th, 2003 03:03 am (UTC)
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Awww... <reels with memories of reruns on Channel 5 many a weekday afternoon...> But you didn't mention "I Wanna Be Free," which ran through my head for about 3 days in sixth grade.

Hey, did you ever see that episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" where Boyce & Hart (the behind-the-scenes band) played a Monkees-like band Jeannie created and had all these wacky adventures with Tony and Jeannie? They kept playing this one song over and over, which I <i>think</i> was called "Out and About"...

Wow, that was something I fully expected to never, ever talk about out loud again.
Jan. 25th, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
"I Wanna Be Free"...eeeek. That was way off the saccharine scale.

Hrm, think I missed that episode of "Jeannie". Too bad...she'd be much cuter in go-go boots than Davy was. :)
Jan. 24th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, come on! Pleasant Valley Sunday has got to be one of the most subversive songs ever written. You've got to respect that at least.
Jan. 25th, 2003 01:31 pm (UTC)
Naturally I do... and of course it amuses me that Peg and I (at age 8-10) genuinely thought it was a song about, you know, a pleasant Sunday in the valley.
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Jan. 26th, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)
Time for coffee-flavored kisses?
I like "Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer" well enough too (and yes, that cover is freaking annoying), but I think I heard them too many times over the years.

When I was little, my favorite was Davy (how typical), but now it's Mike. We relentlessly made fun of his Texas accent as kids, but I sort of find it attractive now... (plus I really like his voice, and his songs).

Would love to see them live...never have. *sigh*
Jan. 27th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Time for coffee-flavored kisses?
Okay, like lacuna##, I'm feeling rather guilty for having made myself a bit at home in your journal. I too was randomly introduced to the TTT parody and I too would hate to have you think of me as some sort of cyber-stalker. But you do seem to hit on many topics that keep me entertained: LOTR, cyber-slang, idiotic idioms, and now, the Monkees. So, with your permission, I've added you to my friends list. (Well, really, without your permission).
Re Monkees: I admire your desire to draw from the lyrics, and I recognize that they were so much more than just the Milli Vanilli/In Sync of the 60's. But, being the somewhat shallow person that I am, nothing can ever compare to the Partridge family in its heyday. I worries me that I can tell you in which episode Rob Reiner played a biker named Snake, and that "I Woke Up in Love this Morning" can actually bring a tear to my eye (well, almost).
But, back to the Monkees, one of rock's most under-appreciated phenomena. "Clarksville" is the best, bar none.
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Time for coffee-flavored kisses?
Howdy - don't worry, it's okay; I have yet to consider anyone here a cyber-stalker. :) I remember you by your icon, methinks (unless someone else has a Pride & Prejudice icon on LJ, which I guess is remotely possible...).

I kind of wish I knew the Partridge Family stuff better. Somehow, I never saw the show - must not have been watching TV at the right time to catch the re-runs. But "I Think I Love You" is deliciously silly and catchy... and besides, there's this hilarious family-film footage of my older sisters from Christmas circa 1976, opening an LP and shrieking in delight, "Shawn Cassidy!!" For that alone, I wish I had more familiarity with that group. :)
Jan. 28th, 2003 11:02 pm (UTC)
Nesmith is the greatest and best Monkee.
"Circle Sky" and "Girl That I Knew Somewhere" are among my favorite Monkees songs. I also really like Mike's solo stuff, "Mama Nantuckett" and "Lady of the Valley" being my two favorites. The covers of old standards like "Beyond the Blue Horizon" are really good too.
Jan. 29th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: Nesmith is the greatest and best Monkee.

I've got some of his solo CD's, including that 2-CD set of the First National Band stuff, and it rules. Rules, I say.

And I normally don't care for country/western, so that's saying something.
Jan. 29th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: Nesmith is the greatest and best Monkee.
And I normally don't care for country/western, so that's saying something

The First National Band stuff is the only music I own that comes anywhere near being country/western. He really brings something to that genre.

Jan. 28th, 2003 11:07 pm (UTC)
Almost a sin...
It looks like you have slipped in something and fallen into my friends list.

I would have included "As We Go Along" if I were you, as that is absolutely my favorite Monkees song ever. I have yet to hear "Tapioca Tundra."

Head is one of my favorite movies ever.

I also would have added "Your Auntie Grizelda," if for no other reason than to be nice to Peter.

Jan. 30th, 2003 09:05 am (UTC)
Re: Almost a sin...
Happy to be there. :)

Oooh, I still need to see Head. Video stores have this way of not carrying it... (plus, I hardly live in a metropolis anymore. *sigh*)

"Tapioca Tundra" is on The Birds, The Bees, and the Monkees, and I recall reading that Nesmith says it's one of his personal favorites. Now I must go find and re-listen to "As We Go Along," since I'm pretty sure I have it somewhere, but can't remember what it sounds like...
Jan. 30th, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
Because I am a problem solver:

I believe they deliver things beyond the bounds of metropoli.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
All excellent choices. My top two Monkees songs are "The Girl that I Knew Somewhere" followed by "Daydream Believer." I need to sit down add to the list at some point.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I just put on Headquarters yesterday, and was admiring the harpsichord-ish bit in "The Girl That I Knew Somewhere." Rivals many a similar Beatles song. Meanwhile, it's a strange experience to get all teary-eyed watching something as silly and happy as the video for "Daydream Believer." (Though I did like the article where someone claims Axl Rose appropriated Davy's dance moves.)
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
(Er, "Girl That I Knew Somewhere" wasn't originally on Headquarters, I guess, but the remastered CD has an alternate version of it tacked on.)
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