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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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jedmiller
Jan. 24th, 2003 03:03 am (UTC)
Awww...
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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.
mollyringle
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. :)