Hey, Hey, the Monkees are Busy Singing Again

  • metta

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    May 29, 2016 11:46 PM GMT
    Hey, Hey, the Monkees are Busy Singing Again

    Two surviving Monkees, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, are on a 50th-anniversary tour; the third, Michael Nesmith, rejoins them on this album.

    “Good Times!” recapitulates the Monkees’ arc from performers to singer-songwriters, keeping an uncomputerized 1960s sound.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/arts/music/the-monkees-good-times-review.html?_r=2
  • leanandclean

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    May 30, 2016 6:59 PM GMT
    Well, okay ...
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    Jun 01, 2016 12:38 PM GMT
    A sad commentary on what passes for entertainment.
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    Jun 01, 2016 12:59 PM GMT
    A big problem for the Monkees was they were a "manufactured" band. Auditioned and assembled individually for a weekly 1966 TV show, that was part sitcom involving their fictional misadventures and part musical performances. Considered cult pop now, its reception in the 1960s was rather lukewarm. The artificial and forced feel of their show is reflected in their signature theme song, played every week at the opening:

    Here we come
    Walkin' down the street
    We get the funniest looks from
    Every one we meet

    Hey, hey, we're The Monkees
    And people say we monkey around
    But we're too busy singing
    To put anybody down

    We go wherever we want to
    Do, what we like to do
    We don't have time to get restless
    There's always something new

    Hey, hey, we're The Monkees
    And people say we monkey around
    But we're too busy singing
    To put anybody down

    We're just tryin' to be friendly
    Come and watch us sing and play
    We're the young generation
    And we've got something to say


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    Jun 01, 2016 4:50 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidA big problem for the Monkees was they were a "manufactured" band. Auditioned and assembled separately for a weekly 1966 TV show, that was part sitcom involving their fictional misadventures and part musical performances. Considered cult pop now, its reception in the 1960s was rather lukewarm.


    That is pretty much a mis-characterization of them and events. They outsold the Beatles and Stones in 1967- lukewarm is not an apt description. They later were able to live concerts the put to rest their "pre-fab 4" label. CBS news did a good story on them and aired it last Sunday morning:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-monkees-at-50/

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    Jun 01, 2016 5:24 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidA big problem for the Monkees was they were a "manufactured" band. Auditioned and assembled individually for a weekly 1966 TV show, that was part sitcom involving their fictional misadventures and part musical performances. Considered cult pop now, its reception in the 1960s was rather lukewarm.

    That is pretty much a mis-characterization of them and events. They outsold the Beatles and Stones in 1967- lukewarm is not an apt description. They later were able to live concerts the put to rest their "pre-fab 4" label. CBS news did a good story on them and aired it last Sunday morning:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-monkees-at-50/

    Their TV show was initially popular with the teeny set. That in turn helped to boost their subsequent concert appearances and record sales. But critics derided them, both their music and their show. They were no Fab Four.

    They later tried writing some of their own music, without success, but most was composed by others and handed to them. They had very little artistic control under their original TV contract. They were, in effect, puppets created by the TV show producers.
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    Jun 01, 2016 7:46 PM GMT
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    desertmuscl said
    Art_Deco saidA big problem for the Monkees was they were a "manufactured" band. Auditioned and assembled individually for a weekly 1966 TV show, that was part sitcom involving their fictional misadventures and part musical performances. Considered cult pop now, its reception in the 1960s was rather lukewarm.

    That is pretty much a mis-characterization of them and events. They outsold the Beatles and Stones in 1967- lukewarm is not an apt description. They later were able to live concerts the put to rest their "pre-fab 4" label. CBS news did a good story on them and aired it last Sunday morning:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-monkees-at-50/

    Their TV show was initially popular with the teeny set. That in turn helped to boost their subsequent concert appearances and record sales. But critics derided them, both their music and their show. They were no Fab Four.

    They later tried writing some of their own music, without success, but most was composed by others and handed to them. They had very little artistic control under their original TV contract. They were, in effect, puppets created by the TV show producers.


    And yet they are here fifty years later. Critical success and popularity do not always correlate.



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    Jun 01, 2016 9:18 PM GMT
    desertmuscl said
    Art_Deco said
    desertmuscl said
    Art_Deco saidA big problem for the Monkees was they were a "manufactured" band. Auditioned and assembled individually for a weekly 1966 TV show, that was part sitcom involving their fictional misadventures and part musical performances. Considered cult pop now, its reception in the 1960s was rather lukewarm.

    That is pretty much a mis-characterization of them and events. They outsold the Beatles and Stones in 1967- lukewarm is not an apt description. They later were able to live concerts the put to rest their "pre-fab 4" label. CBS news did a good story on them and aired it last Sunday morning:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-monkees-at-50/

    Their TV show was initially popular with the teeny set. That in turn helped to boost their subsequent concert appearances and record sales. But critics derided them, both their music and their show. They were no Fab Four.

    They later tried writing some of their own music, without success, but most was composed by others and handed to them. They had very little artistic control under their original TV contract. They were, in effect, puppets created by the TV show producers.

    And yet they are here fifty years later. Critical success and popularity do not always correlate.

    Nor does talent. And I wonder where they were for the last 50 years?
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    Jun 02, 2016 5:32 AM GMT
    My first reaction was... "What? They're still alive?"

    As to the above characterizations of the band... Well they were a manufactured act. As were all of the Motown kids, and plenty of others. At least they could sing and play instruments. Which puts them light-years ahead of today's "top 40" computer generated made-for-tv acts.

    A while back, I started putting together a mix-tape... Um, I mean playlist, of 60's bubblegum songs. Never finished it. I think I passed out from sugar toxicity or something. Wasn't Barry Manilow behind The Archies, and maybe some of those others?
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    mindgarden saidMy first reaction was... "What? They're still alive?"

    As to the above characterizations of the band... Well they were a manufactured act. As were all of the Motown kids, and plenty of others. At least they could sing and play instruments. Which puts them light-years ahead of today's "top 40" computer generated made-for-tv acts.

    A while back, I started putting together a mix-tape... Um, I mean playlist, of 60's bubblegum songs. Never finished it. I think I passed out from sugar toxicity or something. Wasn't Barry Manilow behind The Archies, and maybe some of those others?


    The Archies! That makes me think of "Sugar Sugar" The Monkeys and The Archies remind me that I had a pretty fun childhood. I loved all that bubble gum stuff back then. Makes me think of the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds.
    Sometimes getting older is fun. Our memories date back further than most on RJ.