March 1, 2012

monkees R.I.P. Davy Jones, of The Monkees. There are a lot of snobs out there who discount The Monkees, but they did some pretty good stuff and had their place in rock history. For example, lots of people don’t know The Monkees bought something like the second Moog synthesizer ever built and were the first to feature it on a pop music record. And, they did end up selling a gazillion records even though the TV show that spawned them lasted only two seasons.

To be honest, most of my favorite Monkees tunes are Mike Nesmith tunes, but this one from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones, Ltd is a good one – I especially like the Moog bass that enters halfway through the song. And Valleri and Daydream Believer are two more examples of Jones’ ability to sing pop music as sweet as any candy store confection. Compare the sweetness of these tunes with the edgier (or at least more interesting) tunes penned by Nesmith:

Circle Sky, from Head. very cool tune, specially when played loud. Features the loudest maracas (I’m sure played by Davy Jones) in recorded music history.

What Am I Doing Hangin” Round?, from P,A,C, & J, Ltd. The quality of the sound doesn’t do it justice, but it’s a great tune written by Michael “Wildfire” Murphy, and there’s some awesome bass being played by one of my all-time bass heroes, Chip Douglas.

The Door Into Summer, also from P,A,C, & J, Ltd. Come to think of it, that’s one hell of an album – it came out in 1967 and is in my view the Monkees’ best. As a complete work it holds up against just about any other classic rock album of that era.

You Told Me, from Headquarters. Chip Douglas again on bass.

Listen To The Band, features a solid and interesting bass line throughout. I don’t think it’s by Chip Douglas, though.

Jones died at only 66, that makes me feel very old and very vulnerable. But he lived an interesting and very full life, and his place in pop music history is assured. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:41 | Comments (2)
2 Comments »
  1. They sold 65 million records.
    More than the Beatles & the Stones at one time.
    I did not know that “im a believer” was a Neil Diamond song until my brother told me.

    Doug, did you hear about Hank Haney’s book?
    I guess he’s trashing Tiger in it.

    Cubby.

    Comment by Ron "Cubby" Myerow — March 1, 2012 @ 5:22 pm


  2. Thanks, Cub – yes, check out the Yahoo! golf page and their Devil Ball Golf blog (link is under the Blogroll to the right).

    Comment by The Great White Shank — March 1, 2012 @ 9:16 pm


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment


goodboys.jpg


Search The Site



Recent Items

Categories

Archives
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006


Blogroll

Syndication

4 Goodboys Only

Site Info