Five For Friday: The Monkees

My first venture into a weekly music-based post was Two For Tuesday, where I would feature an artist and two of their songs. The first 2FT post was on June 26, 2012, and the first band I featured was The Monkees. I’ve since switched things around, with Tuesday’s feature now Top Ten Tuesday and Friday’s feature Five For Friday, which was intended to replace Two For Tuesday…

Yeah, blah blah blah, John. In a belated tenth anniversary post, here, once again, are The Monkees, with some of my favorite songs of theirs. I listed the names of the songwriters this time, because I thought that was something you’d want to know…

  1. Last Train To Clarksville (Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart)
  2. Your Auntie Grizelda (Diane Hildebrand and Jack Keller)
  3. Randy Scouse Git (Micky Dolenz)
  4. Mary, Mary (Michael Nesmith)
  5. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Gerry Goffin & Carole King)

And that’s Five For Friday for July 8, 2022.

20 thoughts on “Five For Friday: The Monkees

  1. Hi John – thanks for this … I enjoyed the listen and taking me back to earlier days (much earlier days!) … cheers Hilary

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  2. I live 30 minutes from Clarksville…it wasn’t the Clarksville they were singing about but it is to me. Randy Scouse Git is probably my all time favorite and Mary, Mary…that should have been a hit.

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    1. The first band to record “Mary, Mary” was the Butterfield Blues Band, about six months before The Monkees did it. And yes, it should have been a hit. I love Micky playing the tympani in “Randy Scouse Git.”

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  3. Love the Monkees but didn’t know the 2nd or 3rd song but enjoyed watching the clips. The show was dumb but fun. Weird ro think only Mickey is left

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    1. I don’t think “Your Auntie Grizelda” was issued as a single, and if “Randy Scouse Git” was, it was a B side. The others were legitimate hits…

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    1. The Monkees were great. I watched the show for the music. Even if they weren’t really playing, you could hear the music and they would sometimes do cuts off their albums. What was amazing was that they started out as four actors pretending to be a band, and became a band in their own right. It wasn’t “cool” to admit you liked them, but a lot more kids (probably including the kids that bullied you) watched them and liked their stuff.

      I liked “Steppin’ Stone,” the flip of “I’m A Believer.” Their later songs, like “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Little Bit Me, Little Bit You” were fantastic.

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