frankwhite Posted February 24, 2007 Share Posted February 24, 2007 i think this band are so underrated it is criminal. words like manufactured bubblegum etc dogged them their whole career but people seem to miss out on some GREAT fucking music by this band and they were also very important in a historical context because they proved something to the music industry. they proved to the music industy that the industries machinery was not the only viable option. think about it, they started as a TV show, which in itself was pretty revolutionary in terms of comic technique, reminiscient of the marx bros, kinda slapsticky comedy but that aside, they proved that record industry machinery was not the only available avenue for promoting a band and gaining popularity which i think terrified the record industry and turned them against the boys.but aside from all that, they learned VERY quickly to play their instruments, mickey dolenz in particular on the drums, mike nesmith and peter tork were already guitar players and davy jones had a wonderful voice already and they gelled VERY quickly as a band when it became apparent that people WANTED to see these boys perform. reminds me kind of, in a way of the sex pistols and how they kinda learned to play or gelled in public.in that pop period, they made some amazing enduring infectious Pop music, Im Not Your Stepping Stone, Daydream Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, Look Out Here Comes Tommorow and just TONS of these incredible songs that stand up even today. they had country tinged songs with Listen To The Band and What Am I Doin Hangin Round?, Spanish guitar on Valleri and people seem to overlook all of this diversity and get all hung up on the "manufactured" label.and even after that period, when they got sick of singing other people stuff and went out on a limb as a band and pretty much got fucking slaughtered for it, they were making some REALLY neat fuckin music. songs like Goin Down, Circle Sky, Porpoise Song were all really good fuckin music and people just seem either ashamed to admit they like this band or just dont bother to check em out with any depth because they seem to already know that they suck, without having ventured into their catalogue any.then at the end of their career, when they made the movie Head, which was a wicked satire of all they were and purported to stand for, they were shot down in flames. this movie by the way was the brain child of Bob Raefelson and Jack Nicholson who went on to make Easy Rider which, as we all know is like a groundbreaking movie and is considered a timeless classic, in the Monkees movie, Head you see all of that easy rider technique all over it. this movie is now, ALMOST getting like an inch of the acclaim that it deserved as a movie when its just a ridiculously intelligent movie that got labelled lame-brained when in fact the critics were missing the fuckin point by a mile.anyone else like this band? (can't imagine they will) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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