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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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mollyringle
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*
darcylaine
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.
mollyringle
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. :)
stremph
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.
mollyringle
Jan. 29th, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: Nesmith is the greatest and best Monkee.
Yeah!

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.
stremph
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.

Word.