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The Monkees - Inspired by the energy and zaniness exuded in the Beatles' film A Hard Days Night, America created The Monkees, a wild and crazy rock and roll band who appeared on the situation comedy THE MONKEES/NBC/1966-68.

The Monkees, - Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith

The group consisted of Davy (Davy Jones) a baby-faced British lover boy; Peter (Peter Tork), the resident dumbbell and guitarist; Micky (Micky Dolenz), the group's hyper drummer, and Mike (Mike Nesmith), the droll guitarist who always wore a wool cap.

Despite their initial inexperience as musicians, the groups vocals sold million of records including "The Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm A Believer," "Valerie" and "Words."

Their program was a series of rock videos stung together with loose plot lines and sprinkled with crazy chase scenes. The Monkees drove the "Monkeemobile" which was designed by George Barris, the creator of the Batmobile.

Some twenty years after their successful run on television, the Monkees were once again on top as a new generation of viewers rediscovered their camp sense of humor on the MTV cable music channel.

As of 1987, the original group had been performing rock concerts nationwide, without Mike Nesmith, however. He has been busy producing video entertainment tapes, which included the Grammy award winning "Elephant Parts" and "Michael Nesmith: All Purpose Sauce."

The creator of the Monkees tried (unsuccessfully) to revive the excitement of the old series with a new syndicated series THE NEW MONKEES/SYN/1987 starring Larry Saltis, Dino Kovacs, Jared Chandler and Marty Ross.

In 1995, the Monkees Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork were featured in a Pizza Hut commercial where they were mistakenly reunited with the fourth member of their group...Ringo Starr who said "The wrong lads!"

TRIVIA NOTE: Reportedly, John Lennon was a huge fan of the show and called The Monkees, "the greatest comic talent since the Marx Brothers."


Monkees Logo

The MONKEES THEME SONG
(Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart)

Here we come
Walkin' down the street.
We get the funniest looks from
Every one we meet.

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around.
But we're too busy singing
To put anybody down.

We go wherever we want to,
Do what we like to do
We don't have time to get restless,
There's always something new.

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around.
But we're too busy singing
To put anybody down.

We're just tryin' to be friendly,
Come and watch us sing and play,
We're the young generation,
And we've got something to say.

Any time, Or anywhere,
Just look over your shoulder
Guess who'll be standing there

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around.
But we're too busy singing
To put anybody down.

(break)

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around.
But we're too busy singing
To put anybody down.

We're just tryin' to be friendly,
Come and watch us sing and play,
We're the young gneration,
And we've got something to say.

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
[repeat and fade]

extra verse:

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees,
You never know where we'll be found.
so you'd better get ready,
We may be comin' to your town.


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