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29 October 2014
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Attendance: The madcap Monkee boys were one of the first manufactured bands, forming after applying to an ad in a US paper in 1965. The fabulous four took the charts by storm soon after with a feast of genius pop nuggets such as 'Last Train To Clarksville' (US No.1) and 'I'm A Believer' (US and UK No.1). Popularity began to wane, though, as the band struggled to gain more creative control, and by 1968 they were off to Monkee heaven. B-

Bonding: Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones stuck together through thick and thin. Mainly thin, with those scrawny bodies. Jones was almost cast out after recording the band's third single 'A Little Bit Of You, A Little Bit Of Me' against his fellow apes' wishes. B+

Behaviour: Downright silly, frankly. The show provided the perfect medium for rubbery face-pulling and ridiculous plot lines, presenting the cheeky-faced chaps as raving loons with a knack for pulling lovely ladies while walking in their hilarious bandy-legged fashion. Comic film inserts, distorted focus, and one-liners all delivered at a very fast pace meant that even Cliff Richard was left reaching for the brandy after a few episodes. Not for the faint hearted! C

English Language: Not famed for their use of the Queen's English, we salute the boys's chutzpah for naming one jangly spangly number 'Randy Scouse Git'. The song reached No.2 in the UK, but not before it was blandly renamed 'Alternate Title'. Though obviously, spelling was never their strong point! D
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