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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.



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...