Daydream Believer – The Monkees

The Monkees were, at once, funny and cool, unpretentious – yet had the catchiest pop songs. The TV programme that they were formed to act in was a bit naff, with wackiness abound but with great pop songs, especially the theme tune and introductory credits with the members of the band larking about on the beach. After the two year run of the series, they made a psychedelic movie (produced by Jack Nicholson) with cool songs and LSD-trip effects. It was a hard thing for kids to get into but the soundtrack is well worth a listen.
Listening back to The Monkees now I don’t hear the over-the-top zany antics, I hear really good pop songs with interesting studio productions. After the split of The Monkees, Michael Nesmith made some great solo albums (Nevada Fighter and Tantamount To Reason to name just two) – Grand Ennui is a classic, country-pop song too.
The Monkees guitar music with a mix of pop, country and showmanship was perfect for the picking of 1980’s groups. I would go as far as saying that they had a big hand in the sound of early 80’s Indie music. We were fed up of artists with too much seriousness, too much virtuosity – too many people proselytising and loving the sound of their own voices. The Monkees’ mix of singers, the mix of fun and unbridled energy and that desire to have your own voice on your records (not buried by the ubiquitous 60’s backing singers) had an effect on The Jasmine Minks for sure – three of us sang, often with a call-and-response style, and we sounded fragile and lightweight at times – but it was us and we stand by that!
For the song to listen to with this blog, I could have gone for Last Train To Clarksville, I’m A Believer or Pleasant Valley Sunday but my favourite track was a flop here in the UK – a single I used to play over and over as a young kid, Alternate Title (Randy Scouse Git) – enjoy…

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