No secret that I am an old school rock nerd. But he’s a little known fact- my first guitar song book was actually a Monkees songbook. I also auditioned for a Monkees movie on VH1 and ended up on VH1, MTV and a few other places because of it (I was up for the Mike Nesmith role, not Davy. WAY too tall for that.)
Consequently, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Pre-Fab Four. Not to mention, it was music that both my Dad and I could listen to. He was a big Monkees fan. As far as I know, “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” is the only tune on guitar he knowshow to play still.
I know, the Monkees take a lot of S for not playing their own instruments. But lets go to school for a sec: In the 60’s hardly ANY American bands played their own stuff. You name an American group from 63-72, even the mighty Beach Boys, and odds are they all used the same studio pros that the Monkees did (a group known as the Wrecking Crew). Especially if they recorded for Columbia or a subsidiary.
Regardless, the Monkess sold an assload of records and had a very fun TV show that was the pre-cursor to things like “Glee”. They even invented the idea of a “soundtrack” album and to hear him tell it, Mike Nesmith invented MTV.
A few weeks ago I interviewed Davy Jones of the Monkees. It was actually a pretty long and pretty great interview, though it did get BIZARRE in a few places (you hear him curse at some kids while talking to me and shoveling snow out of his driveway!).
While I won’t go so far as to say this was his last interview (it was from January) it’s certainly one of the last. I got the chance to play a show with Davy a few years back at the Harborplace Amphitheater. It was a HELL of a night….but now isn’t the time for that particular story.
Rest Well Davy. It was fun knowing you.