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YMMV: The Monkees
The show contains examples of:
Bizarro Episode: Even for a show known for madcap absurdism, "Mijacogeo"/"The Frodis Caper" sticks out with its completely surreal tone.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "The Spy Who came in from the Cool," Mike tells Peter that they're forming a trio without him. Of course, Mike was joking, but in 1968 Peter would be the first member to leave the group.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: May 1968, the TV show is off the air, every single they've released up to this point has made the Top 3. Obviously, their next single is going to be crucial in establishing whether The Monkees can sustain a music career even without TV exposure. So what do they release? "D.W. Washburn", a Dixieland Jazz-flavored song about how much fun it is to be a homeless alcoholic. It's a Leiber And Stoller song, so it's not bad, but still, it was so out-of-place not only for The Monkees, but pop music in general. It limped to #19 in Billboard and didn't even get released on an album until the 80s.
"I'm A Believer", first made famous by The Monkees (Neil Diamond recorded his version a few months after The Monkees), and then much later, brought back into the mainstream by Smash Mouth.
"That Was Then, This Is Now" brought the Monkees back to the Top 40 during their '80s revival. It was originally written and recorded by a now-obscure '80s pop band called The Mosquitos.
Several of the Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart songs were recorded by other groups first, such as "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Paul Revere & The Raiders) and "Words" (The Leaves).
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band recorded and released the Nesmith composition "Mary Mary" before The Monkees did. The early pressings of their East-West album didn't include a songwriting credit, leading fans to assume it was either a Butterfield original or an old blues song. After the Monkees version came out, Nesmith was accused of stealing credit for his own song.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Micky was in a pre-Monkees band called The Missing Links. Even funnier after they made the 33 & 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee TV special, which featured Charles Darwin as a character.
Narm: "The Day We Fall in Love" from More of the Monkees would otherwise be your typical schmaltzy Davy Jones ballad, but in this one, Davy speaks the lyrics instead of singing them.
David had recorded a similar "spoken word" love song on his 1965 pre-Monkees solo album, David Jones called "Theme For a New Love." Arguably the reason why "The Day We Fall In Love" was chosen to be included on the album.
"(Theme From) The Monkees"="Catch Us If You Can" by The Dave Clark Five
"Last Train to Clarksville"="Paperback Writer" by The Beatles
"Your Auntie Grizelda"="19th Nervous Breakdown" by The Rolling Stones (Peter Tork's comic vocal masks it a bit)
"Sunny Girlfriend"="It's All Over Now" (originally by The Valentinos, Covered Up by The Rolling Stones)
"Goin' Down"="Parchman Farm" by Mose Allison (which they freely admitted to)
"Me Without You"="Your Mother Should Know" by The Beatles
Most of these have been confirmed by the songwriters.
Throw It In: The single mix of "Daydream Believer" opens with this bit of studio chatter:
Chip Douglas: (This is take) 7A.
Davy Jones: What number is this, Chip?
Mike Nesmith, Peter Dork, Mickey Dolenz:Seven. A!!!
Davy Jones: Okay, know what I mean, like, don't get excited, man. It's 'cause I'm short, I know.
Vindicated by History: Despite the "manufactured band" thing, the band's music has held up quite well. You even had the Sex Pistols (another "manufactured" band) and Minor Threat covering "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone".
Yoko Oh No: Micky reportedly allowed his then-wife Trina to have major input in the song-selection process for the 1987 reunion album Pool It!. One label executive later cited this as one of the reasons the album bombed.
Jessica Pacheco, Davy's third wife (and eventual widow) joined the band onstage during their 45th anniversary tour in 2011 for some flamenco dance routines, drawing the ire of fans (and allegedly, bandmates). After his death, negative rumors about her relationship with him, plus her legal battles with his children over his estate lowered her reputation among fans even more. One blogger wrote that she "could give [Don] Kirshner a run for the money in the Worst Monkee Villain Ever competition."