|Maggot Brain |
It's crazy to think that The Monkees and Archie never crossed over.
The legend was that the Monkees refused "Sugar Sugar" before it was offered to the Archies, though accounts are conflicting and the people behind the song deny it. Almost a crossover.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
About 15 minutes in, and so far the music is justifying all the painfully dated Arthur Brown/Austin Powersa bullshit.
The Monkees seem to poking fun at the way they were manufactured for television. It's not the only time they did that.
I was at one of those antique malls, skimming through the selections at a vinyl record store within. Some guy, some sort of mega-neckbeard from the looks of him, came up to me while I happened to be looking over a Monkees LP and said that, in a tone that suggested he thought he was dropping a truth-bomb on someone who was about to have their mind blown by the revelation, well did I know that the so-called 'Monkees' were a manufactured band?
So in reply I sarcastically thanked him for that amazing information and I don't believe he noted my tone.
John Holmes Motherfucker
Well, shit, the Sex Pistols were a manufactured band. In fact , when Glen Matlock left the Sex Pistols, to be replaced by Six Vicious, he said it was because the band was so managed by Malcolm McLaren' that he felt like he was in the Monkees.
A manufactured band can be good, if the manufacturers have the knack.
The Monkees got a bad rap, in part because they didn't play the instrument on their first two albums, but that wasn't because they COULDN'T play their instruments. It was because producer Don Kirshner was controlling the process, and I think those first two albums were rushed out to coincide with the premiere. I was eight, but I believe I can recall seeing the two albums advertised together in TVGuide, the week of the premiere.
To be fair , the initial formula worked. Somebody got Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart to write the songs, and produced some tunes that really hit the sweet spot between pop and rock and roll.
But it didn't take long (after some conflict), for Kirshner to let the boys off the leash. They took over the instruments, toured, released a live album, and wrote some great songs, including my favorite Monkees song, Mike Nesmith's "Circle Sky".
Their new album is tied with Blackstar for my 2016 Album of the Year
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