Yes indeed...so they only wrote a handful of tunes outside their hits that might be remembered...they made their mark...more than most bands
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Don't have any Monkees vinyl but I think a lot of their stuff sounds better than ever on some of the more recent CD releases I have heard.
Not much to do with DJ, but Tapioca Tundra is one of my all time favorites.
I found this about TT that might peak the curiosity of audio buffs:
"Mike Nesmith wrote this song inspired by a large collection of old 45 records from the '20s and '30s he purchased at a yard sale. Along with "Magnolia Simms," this was a tribute to the ragtime and jazz of the '20s, even going so far as recording using gramophone technology to mimic the echo and the skipping of an old recording."
Were there 45 rpm records in the 20's and 30's? I'm guessing whoever wrote this meant "78 (rpm) records".
"Last Train to Clarksville" is still a great tune/single and has aged well.
Lots of others too. The Monkees were an extension of the fresh, young and fun loving Beatles as depicted in the film "A Hard Days Night". They were mocked for it by many in the day but I think the attitude of many critics towards them has softened considerably over the years.
Notwithstanding that this horrible news is worst for his family and friends, it is yet another nail in the coffin that was my youth. He, possibly more than any other musician from the Sixties, will remain eternally young in my mind. Even though the Monkees' TV show is now pretty dated, I will always remember it with great fondness, never missing a show. The Monkees' legacy also remains untarnished despite their lack of song-writing input in the early days. They may not have written those early singles but without their special brand of pop sensibility those songs would have lacked a great deal. The nett result was half a dozen of the greatest ever pop songs and that's no mean endowment. For me, the Monkees are in a select, and rather small, band of Sixties artists who reside in a pantheon of greats - never to be exised or toppled.
A sad day but a good time to re-visit their catalogue and remember a time when pop was melodic, fun and innocent.
I was 9 at the time. Hot Dog with Jonathan Winters and Joanne Worley, yesterday's How Is It Made?, with music by the Youngbloods; The Monkees and others of that era will always be remembered. Apollo missions, Walter Cronkite, Bruno Sanmartino, Gorilla Monsoon, that guy Steele who ate the turnbuckles, I could go on.
My personal prizes of that time were fresh copies of Bookends and Cheap Thrills.
RIP Davey; you guys weren't the Beatles but the songs kicked a**.