Thursday, July 13, 2017

Top Ten Monkees Songs

  Carole King penned this critique of modern, suburban malaise, and prefer her rendition. But the Monkees do a good job with this effort to move away from bubblegum pop.
     “Porpoise Song” is arguably the Monkees wildest effort to move away from bubblegum pop. They went full psychedelic weird here with the theme song to the incredibly psychedelic and weird film Head. I like the ethereal feel among the classical instruments and echo.
  The jaded Monkees ponder where their youthful naivete went after experiencing how the real world works.
     Not sure what the future will hold, but the past will not hold it back. I love the beat in this song.
     A song about overcoming depression.
05. "Words"
    It is about as haunting as the Monkees get, which is not much, but the harmony can still induce chills.
    Singing the opening lines was a running joke back in my law schol days about regret over ever thinking studying law was a good idea. Regardless, I always thought this song was sad. It has only become more so after Davy Jones' death in 2012.
    I am actually not a big fan of this song. But as it is generally considered the Monkees' best song, I must include it somewhere. The song is catchy enough, and the upbeat feel hides the true meaning of the lyrics—a draftee wants to see his girlfriend one last time before shipping off to Vietnam.
     I was torn whether to rank “Daydream Believer” higher than “I Wanna Be Free.” While the latter is personally favored between the two, it cannot be denied “Daydream Believer” is Davy Jone' best vocal performance. Plus, the song has been covered by so many diverse performers. It definitely has something going for it.
     Michael Nesmith lets his country music influences show writing this song. It debuted as the closing number of the Monkees' last television special in 1968. Peter Tork left shortly thereafter, so that particular performance was the Monkees last as a quartet until 1986.

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