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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.)

Miscellany:
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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valarltd
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.
mollyringle
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.