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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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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.