As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers) and Stephen T. McCarthy (Monkee-ing around enthusiast...). I'm a once a month participant on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results of YOUR voting, so let's get this show on the road.
In their heyday, my pal Patti and I worshipped the Monkees. You know what's groovy? The records we wore out...far groovier that when they started, quite literally. We loved everything about them: television, Tiger Beat magazine articles, product endorsements, 45s, LPs, lunch boxes (check, check, check...you get the drill). Just say "Monkee" and we were in. Or say grossly-over-promoted-over-saturated-teeny-bopper-market-of-the-60s-and-70s...I'm still in, but that was a nice try.
But soon, the party (as they say) was over and the Monkee men when their separate ways. What does a non-Monkee do with his time? Or, more accurately, who does it BEST? Since we are talking music on this blog event, and solo efforts, I'm picking the two who I think might be more evenly matched.
"It's all so scientific," she said to herself.
Mike Nesmith's biggest hit, to me, was a version NOT sung by Mike. Written in 1965, this little ditty didn't really show its head till "Different Drum" was covered by Linda Ronstadt in 1967 and consequently reached a respectable #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Various artists have covered "Different Drum" in the years since, but it is first and foremost a Mike tune!
Mike rendition is a tad country-rock for me, but I remain Monkee-loyal. So, play, magic fingers!
Mike Nesmith "Different Drum"
Davy Jones, what a heartthrob! I'm sure I'm the only one who thought so...ahem. He appeared in a Brady Bunch episode entitled, "Getting Davy Jones." Hey, why didn't I ever think to invite Davy Jones to a dance? Perhaps because I wasn't even a teen yet when it came out (but I would have given him a ride on my bike and that's gotta count for sumthin').
The song "Girl" was Davy Jones' 8th single, not necessarily the best but it is the one I always remember most fondly. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...
Davy Jones "Girl"
You'll be tempted to give him extra points for the ruffled shirt, but keep this professional people. Now, vote! I know you can - I'm a believer!
Visit these other bloggeroonis and participate in their Battles, too! See you on the 21st with the results.
Flipping out, with a Springtime, pollen laden twist!