Saturday, March 03, 2012

Something for the Weekend: The Monkees - "Pleasant Valley Sunday"

I was saddened to hear of the death of Davy Jones during the week, not because I was a particular fan of the Monkees (I am a Beatles man), but because of the loss of another small part of my childhood. Growing up in the late sixties, I remember watching The Monkees on TV on Saturday evenings, with the rest of the family. By way of tribute, here is my favourite Monkees song. Pleasant Valley Sunday is perhaps slightly more serious than most of their other songs, a social commentary on status symbols written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King:

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  1. Northern Lights3 March 2012 at 16:51

    Great song John and a sad loss. I remember the show too. In a way, they were the first manufactured boy band but they had the talent to back it up.
    I was always more of a Stones fan and still am. Speaking of which, it's a strange world- Davy Jones gone and good ole Keef Richards still around. Someone needs to take a serious look at Keef's genes- there has to be a lesson there.

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    1. Yes, they did have some talent - at least when they were allowed to use it! I agree with you about Keef - who would have thought he would have survived till now?

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  2. Northern lights3 March 2012 at 16:55

    ps. Isn't that opening riff very close to Paperback Writer?

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