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Old 21st Feb 2019, 17:13
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RIP Peter Tork

Down to 50% of the Monkees now...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47319788

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Old 21st Feb 2019, 21:13
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Very sad- another part of my youth gone forever.

Peter's taken the Last Train to Clarksville
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Very sad- another part of my youth gone forever.

Peter's taken the Last Train to Clarksville https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcXpKiY2MXE
Very good. I always thought they were better than they were given credit for. They were regarded as uncool, as we used to say in those days.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 10:24
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Same here Mr Optimistic. I can never "get" why some musicians are cool and others not. I used to love watching the Monkees on TV, and I never thought Clapton was God!
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He certainly wasn't Shy Tork...

I always liked this - he reminds me a little of Danny Kirwan.

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He certainly wasn't Shy Tork...

I always liked this - he reminds me a little of Danny Kirwan.

https://youtu.be/sUzs5dlLrm0
When watching that clip I reminded me of a story that the Monkees were not "musically inclined" and Davey Jones was not playing that guitar in the video! It appeared to me that only one who knew what he was doing was Mike Nesmith on bass.

Saying that they were always fun to watch, they were more of a tv product that a musical act like the Beatles. Peter Tork always appeared to be the comical interest but he played it well.
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From memory, Tork and Nesmith had some musical experience. But the Monkees was always supposed to be a television show capitalising on the commercial possibilities of the music market.

Put them in front of sound tracks recorded by some of the best session musos going around, combined with songs penned by Boyce and Hart, Neil Diamond, Goffin and King et al and the result wasn't too shabby.

Then the lads decided they were serious musicians and got into writing and performing, which led to them rejecting some of the material written for them, which led to the creation of that mystical supergroup, The Archies and their unforgettable hits "Honey Honey" and "Bang Shang A-Lang". (Even the Monkees had some standards.)

What the hell. They were pre-pubescent fun in the 60's and I enjoyed the company of their greatest hits cd when doing a four day drive through the outback in the 2010's. (John Denver, Slim Dusty and Daddy Cool were also pleasant companions on that trip. It's amazing what you find on the cd rack of a remote roadhouse.)
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And we all remember what Nesmith's mother was famous for ??
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Yes we do, she invented tippex. The correction fluid.

It appeared to me that only one who knew what he was doing was Mike Nesmith on bass.
Davy Jones was on the bass. Nesmith was on the 12 string.

Does anyone remember where the drummer started his career.
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I remember ‘Circus Boy’ being on TV.
Dolenz wanted to play guitar rather than drums.

Mike Nesmirh is a talented musician.

“Daydream Believer” was the first 45 record I ever bought but the track “What am I doin’ hangin’ round” is one of my favourites.
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
And we all remember what Nesmith's mother was famous for ??
And didn't Peter Tork's dad invent a wrench ?
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post

Mike Nesmirh is a talented musician.

“Daydream Believer” was the first 45 record I ever bought but the track “What am I doin’ hangin’ round” is one of my favourites.
And "Joanne".
He certainly is a talented musician. Though the falsetto can be a bit much on the vocals.
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Firstly I’ll add my RIP Peter Tork....

As for Mike Nesmith ....he starting touring as a solo musician in the 70’s ( perhaps even before but I saw him action at a University bar in the mid seventies ) and AFAIK is still going strong.

http://beat-magazine.co.uk/2017/roll...s#.XHEm2RrTWhA

But back to the Monkies - yep, they had some chuffing great songwriters behind them and were probably a bit less inclined to navel gazing than some of their more legendary rivals.....
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Interesting to see Mike Nesmith looking almost bored while he's playing (rather like The Ox); I gather his nonchalance was why he was picked. I don't recall the TV show now but did he play the sensible one?
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Yes, that's how I remember it. Tork was the cozy one. Sort of 60's spice boys. Now off to look up circus boy as that sits on the very edge of my memory!
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Interesting to see Mike Nesmith looking almost bored while he's playing
Bass players tend to be off in their world.
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Yes, that's how I remember it. Tork was the cozy one. Sort of 60's spice boys. Now off to look up circus boy as that sits on the very edge of my memory!
Plenty of it on YouTube!

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Ah yes. Casey Jones, Four Feather Falls, Rawhide. G*d I am old !
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I have a vague recollection of Mike Nesmith being one of the founders of what became MTV.
I remember seeing some early MTV videos and having a flash back to the Monkees TV show, in terms of them telling a story with the video as the song played in the background. (One of my favorite MTV vids was Men Without Hats/Safety Dance but that's a bit of topic drift).
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Ah yes. Casey Jones, Four Feather Falls, Rawhide. G*d I am old !
Torchy the Battery boy....and Twizzle.
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