Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Monkees - Writing Wrongs

It was a bit sad yesterday when I found out Davy Jones passed away. I mean, I wouldn't say I'm still a Monkees fan, but there was a point in my childhood when I realized the only reason I liked Smash Mouth was because of The Monkees.

I've since grown to like more mature works, but just like Barney, these guys and Davy have a soft spot with me.

Today's track definitely isn't your typical Monkees song, it's a bit more serious with the music, the lyrics, and overall delivery. Give it a listen.

Writing Wrongs by The Monkees on Grooveshark

What I really love is how by 1:40 we get an instrumental side that isn't all that common with this group. The piano is going somewhere, the drums keeping a steady pace, I'd call it a watered down Pink Floyd sound. Fairly watered down.

I could have picked an easier song. Daydream Believer, a classic that can be found on the same album was a sure way to get you readers and googlers happy. I don't want that though. I'd rather show that this was a diverse group with plenty of hidden gems, even if that means showing people the darker track they won't all like.

Luckily for me, the album isn't all that dark, and it's got its strong points.

Buy:  mp3

It's got some classics, it's got the happy songs and it's got the songs that show off full potential like today's. It's a well rounded album that marks a lot for the group.

If you're a young one out there hearing about Davy Jones and wondering why people are talking about an ugly pirate, giving The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees a listen is in your best interest.

Or maybe you're a bit older and won't mind the trip down memory lane.

To the new comers though, they're basically The Jonas Brothers of the mid 60's. But more talented, and surely you've heard their songs before because they're just that classic.

R.I.P. Davy Jones

28 comments:

  1. I'm a bit older but I still thought first of the locker. I guess this unfamiliarity is the consequence of having spent my childhood music life largely in foreign music land.

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    1. Nah, they weren't really popular during our childhoods. This was stuff my mother used to listen to.

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  2. I loved the TV series and their music but then again I'm old and they were the first manufactured boy band to my knowledge......

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  3. An unusual Monkees tune, Michael Nesmith didn't get to sing lead on many tracks.Guess that's why he left the band? Shame about Davy Jones though, I remember sitting with my brother as kids watching re-runs of the Monkees show, we loved it.
    RIP Davy

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  4. I like your choice of song, Daydream Believer is to happy given that he just passed on. This song sets a mood for morning him!

    And I like exposing people to music they might not like too! Its how you expand peoples horizons!

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  5. I still remember watching re-runs of their show on a Saturday morning as a kid. For a supposedly manufactured group they did have some real gems.

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  6. My mother was all bummed when she heard the news. I didn't really bat an eye though. ha. Still, sucks when anyone goes you know?

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  7. I got excited when I heard there was a piano instrumental but then it didn't really go anywhere for me. Bit disappointed.

    Also, good job calling out my next book review. I'm tempted to pre-order the sequel as well. :P

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  8. Yeah people at work were all like he died blah blah, I was just like who?..lol...still sucks, like the tune, different from what I'm used to hearing from them.

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  9. What? Man, now I'm having a grieving session. I watched re-runs of these guys and got some bonding time with the earlier generations due to Davy Jones.

    RIP

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  10. I was so sad about this when I heard. Just shocked. One of my friends that I go all the way back to grade school with texted me about it - we met around the time Nick at Nite brought the reruns of the old Monkees shows back on TV - mid '80s. Loved them...and of course, Davy was always my favorite. I could have given a crap about Whitney, but Davy really got me. I was sad. Still am. This is a great track...and totally another side of them that not everyone heard. Thank you for showing another side of them...not just the band that the network presented.

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  11. The Monkees were before my time but I liked them on account of my dad listening to them in the car all the time when I was younger. Kinda bummed to hear that Davy died...

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  12. That was an interesting choice. I never really was that big of a fan growing up. But there were a couple songs I did used to listen to from my parents collection of 45's.

    RIP Davy

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  13. An uncle of mine liked this band very much.

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  14. I liked this song. A bit of the Beatles and Pink Floyd mixed with some unknown musical magic.

    RIP Davy

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  15. impressive strumming on the guitar! plus that piano :)

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  16. If I remember correctly didn't only two of The Monkees actually PLAY instruments?

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    1. They could all play something, though maracas and tambourines aren't the most sophisticated instruments but.. they composed.

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  17. The Monkeys / Davy Jones always reminds me of The Brady Bunch. I'm pretty sure he was in an episode..

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  18. Dad loved this band, so sad he passed away. D:

    RIP.

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  19. What's worse, I've never heard anything from him before.

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  20. I'll admit that for being an old soul I never really listened to the Monkees, probably with that mentality that they were just another pop band.

    With that said, the diversity in Writing Wrongs is definitely not what I was expecting to hear. It's enough to make me want to check this album out.

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  21. I liked their 80s hit that was then this is now.

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  22. Thanks for introducing me to a less happy version of the Monkees. I grew up watching reruns of them running comically and chaotically through hallways, making puns and wearing garish outfits so this is a nice change of pace... and not a bad song, either.

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  23. I was there when the Monkees were popular. At this point, so many of the people from that era are dead that I don't get all that upset about another one being gone. It sucks, but that's how it is.

    Still, the Monkees were my childhood, another part of it is gone now that Davy is dead. I liked their show as a kid, and watched with bemusement as a new generation discovered them all over again.

    Someone mentioned the Brady Bunch, and the association is because Davy Jones was on an episode. Marcia was a fan, wrote a letter to him, and got a letter back from him, probably a typical fan letter. She told the school he would be at their prom when he hadn't said any such thing, but Carol somehow saved the day (can't remember how now). She brought him home to meet Marcia, and he offered to go to her prom, anyway. He said the only problem was that he didn't have a date. Of course Marcia volunteered!

    I wasn't a Davy fan, preferring Michael Nesmith for some weird reason. I think because he seemed to be the smart one on the show. He always seemed to know what the score was, and how to get things done. Well, compared to the other ones.

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    1. You've probably left one of the most elaborate comments I've ever received. Thank you for it, I've learned quite a bit just now.

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