Sunday, April 15, 2018

Battle of the Bands: The People Say They Monkee Around


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!


CONTENDER #1
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').

I digress...

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...

CONTENDER #2
 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!
Cherdo

9 comments:

  1. Got to give it up for Davy on The Brady Bunch.

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  2. Cherdo,

    I'm a believer and I believe Davy Jones deserves to win this round because he was so darn cute, ruff shirt and all. Did I ever tell you I saw The Monkees during their comeback tour or what ever they called in the mid-80s at the Coliseum? I didn't have plans to go with a group of col-workers when one of them had to back out of the fun. He gave me his ticket so I joined the gang for a fun night of reminiscing with some oldies.

    Join me in today's hodgepodge of 4M, Sparks, A2Z, & BoTB. Have a tunetastic week, my friend!

    Curious as a Cathy
    iPad Art Sketch 'N' is for Naptime for Baby

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  3. Hey Hey It's the Monkees!

    I think both are good in their own rights. I LOVED watching The Monkees back in the day, and I also remember watching this particular episode of Brady Bunch.

    Of the two contenders in today's battle, though, I think I'm going to give my vote to Mr Nesmith. The song just seems to have a bit more substance to it.

    Great battle today!

    ~Mary

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  4. Maybe it's because I remember The Stone Poneys' version so well, but Mike's version of his own song just sounded off.

    "Girl" isn't much better, but it sounded better than "Different Drum." I'll vote for Davy.

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  5. Count me for Davy. I just love looking at him. Sometimes it's better not to sing your own song, no?

    Janet’s Smiles

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  6. None other than "Different Drum." Especially the Linda Ronstadt version.

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  7. Well, hokey-smoke! DOC MacSIS, I didn't even know this Battle was here until close to 7 PM last night. I kept looking for one on Sunday and then finally figured you had bowed out.

    Let's put it this way: Had someone tried to stand in the way of my relationship with Batman or The Monkees in 1966, I would have spit my Astronaut Orange Juice on them (aka "Tang").

    #1 favorite Monkee? Davy Jones - always! He was as cute as he was short. (Not that the cuteness really mattered to a "confident heterosexual" such as myself. But I like his personality and self-deprecating sense of humor.)

    Now, I'll confess that I never quite got the whole "Michael Nesmith thing". I mean, seriously, if Mike showed up at one of our Bay Street parties in the early 1980s, took out his guitar and started singing, we would have politely asked him to "Stop". Once. If it continued, we'd have had to throw him out of the living room window. (And that wouldn't be the first time someone got put through that window.)

    So, to wrap it up, my vote goes to...

    [*Cue the 'Batman' music*]
    Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na NA!... DAVY!!!

    I mean, c'mon! As the video proved, Davy nailed that song in just one take. I'd bet the farm that Nesmith had to warble that tune of his six to eight times before the producer said, "That's a take, Mike. You can stop now."

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'

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  8. Davey wins by a horse’s nose:) I had to say that since Davey loved horses and, I think, he became a jockey?? I always had more of a crush on Michael Nesmith because he looked slightly disinterested. I like his song but he did put too much of a country twang into it plus I like the song Girl. I remember this on The Brady Bunch and I used to roll my eyes but I liked watching this bit now. I had to laugh when I looked away for a minute but when I looked back Davey was moving around to the music...too geeky but Davey gets my vote...too bad he died so young.

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