My husband brought me a surprise from his Boy Scout excursion to Gettysburg, PA.
He brought me. Bottle of Monkees Banana Nut Soda!!
Am I a believer? You bet I am!
I LOVED the Monkees when I was a little girl! While other girls were playing house, my friends I were playing Monkees. I always wanted to play Mike. I loved Mike! He seemed so deep. He was quiet and the calming influence of the quartet. Not always, but sometimes.
I always went for the quiet ones. With the Beatles, I loved George!
Of the bubblegum pop, when everyone else was screaming over David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, I was home mooning over Bobby Sherman.
On the TV show, “Here Come The Brides” Bobby Sherman was so quiet and shy he stuttered! I found out years later that he actually suffers from Agoraphobia.
But I digress. I now listen to a pod cast called “The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn” that sometimes features Mike Nesmith singing songs that aren’t Monkees. Did you know he wrote, “Different Drum?” One of Linda Ronstadt’s first hits. And his song, “Some of Shelly’s Blues” is a great song I can really get into.
He had a very folkrock aesthetic and the first song that was released was a folk song. Too bad it tanked! He was great! The song, not so much.
Remember that green hat with the four white buttons? Did you think it had some deep seated meaning? Was it an homage to someone who wore a similar hat? Did he wear it for religious or political reason?
Nope! The day he had his audition to become a Monkee he rode his motorcycle
He rode his motorcycle to the audition and wore the hat to keep his hair out of his eyes. He wore it into the audition for some reason the producers liked it and told him to wear during recordings.
Mike also had his own record label, Countryside Records and Countryside Studios.
He passed away recently. I know many people thought he was snob. I just really liked him. But, then, I always go for the silent, deep kind.
Who was your favorite Monkee? Why?
Do you remember bubblegum pop? Who was your favorite singer or band?