Friday, March 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Monkee-ing Around


You know what's more fun that a barrel of monkeys? Me, either...and the fates have denied me ever seeing an actual barrel of monkeys, so I may be way off base. 

But, it makes me wonder how that particular idiom came into our particular vernacular. It doesn't seem to be anyone's go-to answer when asked, "what is REALLY fun?" 

"Oh, that's easy: non-hominoid simians in a wooden container, screaming and clawing for dominance. Good times, good times..."

Wouldn't it make more sense to just let them...battle?

This is the BATTLE OF THE BANDS, folks. This romp was started by FAR AWAY EYES and is currently commandeered by dear STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (the missing Beach Boy). If you're new to this, a Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You then vote in the comments below and tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner. 

In remembrance of another fallen Monkee, Peter Tork, I'd like to revist one of my childhood band-crushes...you know, like I needed a reason. As the many texts alerting me of his death attested so undeniably, Peter was my favorite Monkee when I was a kid. My best pal, Patti, loved Mickey Dolenz. We were known to jump ship/Monkee from time to time...I mean, hey! Who doesn't love Davy? Who can resist that green hat on Mike? And they were all on the front of Tiger Beat magazine with additional pull-out posters inside to decorate your room. AND WE DID.

Looking at my personal favorite tunes (I'm lying, I had more than three) that are lesser knowns, let's get this party started. And remember, every time you vote on your favorite Monkee song, an angel will get it's wings.


CONTENDER #1: 
"LOOK OUT, HERE COMES TOMORROW"
(back in the days when Peter had the happy face, loving his job)



CONTENDER #2: 
"WORDS"
(put Peter out front and actually singing, for once, guys)



CONTENDER #3: 
"WHAT AM I DOIN' HANGIN' ROUND"
(aka, play that rock n' roll banjo, Peter, old boy)



Which tune do you like best? Why? Is it heartthrob, Davy-driven #1, Peter-echoing #2, or Nesmith rockabilly, banjo bangin' #3?

Vote, people! And I'll see you back here on the seventh to see which one of our Monkee tunes is tops. And don't forget to visit the peeps!

[Update on March 3: Anyone notice I forgot the links?? #allgeezer-lowtech]

24 comments:

  1. So good to see you and with such a great Battle. I was a Monkees TV watcher and fan, but not a fan mag follower. They did some great music and your three picks are really good ones. It's hard to pick one as a favorite, but if I gotta, I gotta.

    I really like that trippy psychedelic sound of "Words" so I'll let my vote go to that one.

    Thanks for the musical memories.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. If I thought enough folks would remember it, I'd boldly venture a battle based on their ill-concieved, super hippy dippy movie, "Head."

      Boy, did I love the Monkees when I was a kid...and every other day.

      Thanks, Lee!

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  2. Gotta vote for Nesmith rockabilly banjo-bangin' Contender # 3 -- plus it's the only one I actually remember having heard before!

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    1. The neat thing about the Monkees is that it's not hard to own their whole catalog, lol. Plus...I watched too much television as a child.

      Thanks, Debra!

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  3. Great Battle, MacSIS! I dig the theme, even if, to me, Peter was the Monkee I scarcely even noticed, and couldn't understand why he was my Brother's favorite.

    I liked The Monkees then, and I like The Monkees now. (I even have a 4-episode DVD in which each Monkee selected their favorite TV episode.) Davy was always my favorite - I never jumped ship. I also never got a single copy of Tiger Beat magazine. So, maybe there's a connection? Maybe it was only you Tiger Beat readers who were inspired (by the magazine's manipulation) to jump around on the good ship S.S. Monkee.

    I have an answer for your "barrel of Monkeys" question:
    In 1926, one of those weird think-tank organizations in Vienna did a research study on who had more fun, a barrel of monkeys or a barrel of hyenas. Turned out, the monkeys did. And that's how that expression was born.

    So... now ya know.

    I liked all three of these songs, but... well, I'm pretty much always going to vote for the song that has Davy on lead vocals (and tambourine, of course!). So, give my vote to Davy... and to Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

    POSTSCRIPT: Did I ever tell you my story about how in a saloon in Tombstone one night, I deliberately started yakking (just loud enough to be heard by the English couple nearby) about how The Monkees were better'n The Beatles? It almost turned into 'Shootout At The OK Corral - Part Deux'.

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    1. Nappy and I have something in common! I think I liked Peter the most because he was overlooked, and he certainly played that card, too. If you've ever seen "Head," the Monkee movie, Peter tips his hat to "being overlooked" in one scene.

      Young girls standing in line with Moms had a choice between TV guide, Look, Life and Tiger Beat at the checkout. Be honest...what would you choose?

      Be careful in all establishments serving loudmouth soup, lol. If I could only have been a fly on the wall...

      Thanks, brudder!

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  4. I'm still chuckling at the way they danced in the first video.
    Words was the most unique and my pick.

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    1. Some of the facial expressions crack me up, too. Not great lip synching in places.

      Thanks, Alex!

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  5. Man, this is a HARD battle because I love the Monkees and their discography. I used to watch their shows with my mom when I was little. I have to say I am going to choose "Words" because I love this type of song. I want to label this as a minor, angust 60s' song but I don't want to wrong (I didn't experience the 60s).

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    1. The 60s are available to be experienced at any time on YouTube, ha ha.

      Thanks, aisasami!

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  6. Love the Monkees! I had thought about doing a tribute post for them the other day, but it was feeling like a bit of overkill. But your battle, I really enjoy! Of the three songs presented - I'm going with Words.

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle
    Literary Gold

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    1. Overkill is my favorite breakfast food.

      Thanks, Mary!

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  7. CONTENDER #1 - Because... let me get back to you on this.

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    1. Breath...held. Can't. wait. much. longer.

      Thanks, Mike!

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  8. Cherdo,

    Excellent BoTB round! I'm giving my vote to song choice #2 Words! Have a bandtastic week, dearie!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I'm having more of a band-aid day, but overall good week.

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  9. I was a rabid, teenybopper Monkees fan back in the day. ☺ So sad to lose both Davy and Peter. May they R.I.P. ♥ "Words" is a beautiful song and a top favourite, so that gets my vote. Peter had a lovely tone to his voice. He should have sung a few more as the lead. Great battle, Cheryl!

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    1. Weren't we all Monkee-crazed at one time? I miss teens that act like teenyboppers, ha ha.

      Thanks, Debbie!

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  10. I was a big Monkees fan myself and was familiar with all of these, and liked all of them, so much so it's hard to choose. Nevertheless, I'm going with "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round?" I like the tempo, Mike's voice, and just the overall "happy" this song makes me feel, even though it isn't exactly a happy song.

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    1. Mike was underrated...but there's an interesting documentary that follows his career post-Monkees (what is the name of it??) that basically gives him credit for MTV and the whole music video craze that followed. And it convinced me that he was probably the SMARTEST Monkee.

      Thanks, John!

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  11. Poor Peter Tork. I couldn’t believe that he died since I loved the Monkees. I am glad you did a mini tribute to hi. And the band here but I still give it to Davy as I like the beat and his singing. My second would be Michael with the fun country style or folk style and 3rd would be poor Peter because the song didn’t do much for me and even annoyed me a bit with the style

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    1. I know what you mean, Birgit...all the oldies but goodies are becoming ghosties.

      Peter had a tendency to be a bit "pitchy." Every time I saw them in concert he wavered in one song or another (RIP), but I loved him, inspite of it all, ha ha.

      Thanks, girl!

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    1. Holli, Holli, Howdy and thanks for the vote!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo