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The Monkees

60's band discuss their influence on Sex Pistols

  • 23/02/2011
  • Elizabeth Alker

The original 60s TV boyband, The Monkees, are back for their first tour in 12 years. They will hit the road in May for a series of UK dates to celebrate their 45th Anniversary.

The band were one of the first ever manufactured pop groups and, initially, they didn't write or record any of their own material. However, their influence extends to some of the world's most credible artists.

Elizabeth Alker met with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork to find out more:

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    • 1. At 6:50pm on 24 Feb 2011, jasonaparkes wrote:

      I like the idea...but surely there must be plenty of folk - like myself - who have been listening to albums in full for decades? Since I got an MP3 player, am on my fourth one, I tend to listen to an album in running order.

      There's also been things like Don't Look Back and folk like Brian Wilson/The Psychedelic Furs/Primal Scream/Built to Spill/Spiritualized/Throbbing Gristle/The Zombies/[insert your choice here] who have been playing albums in full live.

      Someone at work mentioned shuffle, which is something I never use and wouldn't consider. A nice idea and nought wrong with something communal in this age when culture is devalued.

      Personally, I love the idea of a whole sequence of music that has to be listened to in one go: "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", Astral Weeks, Sketches of Spain, Rock Bottom, Berlin, Everclear (AMC), Gideon Gaye, Basket of Light, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, The Modern Dance, The Downward Spiral, Low, Here My Dear, Tin Drum etc...Bring back the LP - it just went bad in the mid to late 90's when folk like Oasis and REM filled the cd up. Not everyone can make around 70 mins music sound interesting...

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    • 2. At 11:02am on 25 Feb 2011, Finchyfurs wrote:

      It's great to hear that people out there are fighting for the album. My husband and I have a turntable and all our vinyl in the bedroom. My 11 year finds it a novelty to listen to albums and I love being able to educate her about music. We also enjoy some early nights listening to vinyl. MP3 shuffle is great when you have friends round or as back ground music, but nothing beats listening to an album. Often a song will be played on shuffle and I will have to play the whole album as I am disappointed when the next album track isn't played directly after.

      We have vinyl parties where neighbours bring their favourite vinyl records...it always causes great excitement. I'm looking forward to seeing Roger Waters perform The Wall in May. I saw him perform Dark Side of the Moon a few years ago which was stunning - much better than a compilation of songs.

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    • 3. At 3:51pm on 26 Feb 2011, missaliara wrote:

      This article says that initially, the Monkees did not write or record any of their own material. Mike Nesmith wrote many of the bands songs and so did Mickey (alternate title, randy scouse git)and they wrote and recorded all of their own material in later years.

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