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    As I recall the Monkeys had to fight to get control of the music on the show. The stuff they wrote by themselves became the more popular music.
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    I loved the Monkees. Never missed the show. Peter Tork was always the doofus of the group. Mike Nesmith wrote some stunning songs, my fav is "Joanne". Davy Jones gone, too. Its a sad day.
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    They had some good, catchy pop songs.

    Not to be harsh, but it seems like 77 is enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedgin View Post
    I always liked the Monkees.

    Mickey Dolenz was a MUCH better singer than he ever got credit for. I think he could have been the lead for another band. (He was FAR better than Davy Jones, who was the "cute" one....)

    Michael Nesbit is a big time music producer, these days (Although I think he mostly does folk and country.)

    They actually had some very good songs, in my opinion.

    No, not the Beatles, nowhere close.

    But still, far better than many give them credit for, today...
    Yes. Mickey Dolenz was the more talented one, and my fav, as well.

    A few tidbits from the op that might need some fact checking.
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    According to one report by The Washington Post, The Monkees sold 35 million albums in 1967 — “twice as many as the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined.”
    I'd heard that before. IIRC, '67 was not a good year for either The Beatles, or Rolling Stones. Might be a contributing factor, if true.

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    He was also imprisoned for several months in 1972 after being caught with “$3 worth of hashish in my pocket.”
    What's left out, is where this occurred. U.S.? doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedgin View Post
    I always liked the Monkees.

    Mickey Dolenz was a MUCH better singer than he ever got credit for. I think he could have been the lead for another band. (He was FAR better than Davy Jones, who was the "cute" one....)

    Michael Nesbit is a big time music producer, these days (Although I think he mostly does folk and country.)

    They actually had some very good songs, in my opinion.

    No, not the Beatles, nowhere close.

    But still, far better than many give them credit for, today...
    I was just a teenager at the time, but I remember the Monkees quite well. It's hard to say that they were really "significant" in the music scene, but they 'flavored' that time in 1966 - 1967 before everything went totally to hell in the psychological nightmare that was the Vietnam Era. For a few shining moments, we were happy. We 'young people' liked each other. We enjoyed our music, strong, meaningful, fun, and mostly joyful -- like our lives were from about 1964 through 1967. But, it evaporated in the heat of the nation's anger, and we've rarely been as happy since then.

    Rest in peace, Peter... we shared the best of times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollycy View Post
    I was just a teenager at the time, but I remember the Monkees quite well. It's hard to say that they were really "significant" in the music scene, but they 'flavored' that time in 1966 - 1967 before everything went totally to hell in the psychological nightmare that was the Vietnam Era. For a few shining moments, we were happy. We 'young people' liked each other. We enjoyed our music, strong, meaningful, fun, and mostly joyful -- like our lives were from about 1964 through 1967. But, it evaporated in the heat of the nation's anger, and we've rarely been as happy since then.

    Rest in peace, Peter... we shared the best of times!
    i think that was the time where we knew not that we were feeding the entire PAVN through the NewYork Grain Company. if you want to get real exacting, our missionaries were paying them a tax at Khe Sanh so coffee could be harvested and then shipped east on Rt. 9. this was when the only US forces in the area were SOG troops in a blockhouse overlooking the road. after it became known that business as usual over there entailed paying off the north, anger seethed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brat View Post
    I loved the Monkees. Never missed the show. Peter Tork was always the doofus of the group. Mike Nesmith wrote some stunning songs, my fav is "Joanne". Davy Jones gone, too. Its a sad day.
    I too never missed a show. Tuesday nights if I remember because we would be all talking about last nights show at school the next day!

    I had a few Monkees albums and 45's that I would put on the record player.

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    #1. '67 was sort of an 'in-between' year, for the Beatles, at least. BUT...two years later, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released, and that changed a LOT (One of my top 5 albums of all time....)

    #2. Peter Tork didn't even try to hide his love of weed. The problem often comes when these guys fly in to other nations. Remember when McCartney had to get out of Japan, because he had some on him?

    Whatever the case, the Monkees, as a band, were much better than just their TV show. (Although, they could have replaced Davy Jones. He was only there, because he was British, and face-candy for girls. NOT very much actual talent. The other three were a solid group of talent, however...I still wish Mickey Dolenz had tried to get on with another band, when they were over. I really liked his voice...)
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