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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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gavinworld
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
All excellent choices. My top two Monkees songs are "The Girl that I Knew Somewhere" followed by "Daydream Believer." I need to sit down add to the list at some point.
mollyringle
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I just put on Headquarters yesterday, and was admiring the harpsichord-ish bit in "The Girl That I Knew Somewhere." Rivals many a similar Beatles song. Meanwhile, it's a strange experience to get all teary-eyed watching something as silly and happy as the video for "Daydream Believer." (Though I did like the article where someone claims Axl Rose appropriated Davy's dance moves.)
mollyringle
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
(Er, "Girl That I Knew Somewhere" wasn't originally on Headquarters, I guess, but the remastered CD has an alternate version of it tacked on.)