The Last Rascal to Clarkesville

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Baelzebub, May 4, 2021 at 9:01 PM.

  1. Blackmore Fan

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    I get the Keith Moon hype, and there was substance there as well!

    But Pete has recently stated (before he quickly walked some of it back) that he was a nightmare to play with at times because his drumming was all over the place. He was sometimes a "lead drummer" rather than a pace-setter and timekeeper.

    I think Kenny Jones was hired to give the guitars and bass something to build on rather than to constantly have to worry about where the drum line had ventured off into.
     
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  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Aren't half of them dead?
     
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    Yep, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. I amazing how much stuff they wrote for the Monkees and other groups at the time.
     
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    Here's my Monkees story. Once upon a time I worked for the federal government and they shipped about 50 of us to the hills of West Virginia for a two-week intensive training program (we had a new mandate that vastly expanded our responsibilities, and they had hired about 50 of us 20-something year old bank examiners to carry it out).

    Because we were in the HILLS of West Virginia, we had ZERO radio. This was prior to the internet being an option as well. And because we were young, we liked to party every night when training was over. So some of us would make a "grocery" run into the very small town at the foot of the hills. The "grocery run" consisted entirely of restocking the beer supplies--again, small town, nothing in terms of entertainment.

    We were staying in cabins that would hold 5 or 6 of us apiece. One cabin was the "party house" and we'd gather there nightly to drink and carouse. Between the 40 or 50 of us, we had exactly...3...yes 3...cassette tapes for music. Again, no radio, no internet. And 3 cassette tapes for music. One was Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The second was Springsteen's "Born in The USA". The last was....The Monkee's Greatest Hits.

    Over the course of the 2 weeks, we wore all 3 of those cassettes out, Monkees included. I heard more Monkees songs in 2 weeks than I've heard in the rest of my life combined. We had no choice--it was those 3 albums, or complete silence.

    It was an awesome time, great people, lots of beer, great laughs and hijinx, and more beer.

    But more Monkees than I ever bargained for!
     
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    Two members have passed on so Mike and Mickey plan to tour as a duo? The should call it The Monkxxx Farewell Tour.

    Happy trails to them as they ride off into the sunset.
     
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    One of them, I think Tommy Boyce, committed suicide in the 90's.
     
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    Keith was unstable live ammo. Kenny was a wind up metronome.

    I particularly loved the way Keith would "play" lip synced on so many 60s / 70s TV appearances. Sometimes silly, sometimes pure angst...

    Very much a "look at me!" drummer, but is not that what a showman should be?

    I marvel at Pete's windmills, wondering how he did that so fluidly.

    John's switching between thumb, fingers and pick sometimes in the same song are an exercise on how to play bass.

    Then there was Keith. Who made for the better live show? How many drummers were / are as entertaining to watch?
     
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    Davey Jones died of a heart attack in 2012.
     
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    I always thought they got away with dropping the f bomb on the radio a couple of times with "who are you" lol
     
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    Sorry, thought you meant half of Boyce and Hart.:confused:
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    And here is my little tid bit of useless info on the Monkees....

    All that clean cut image wasn't what it seemed....as "Last Train to Clarksville" was one of them long haired hippie type protest songs....

    Reading from the biography of Bobby Hart....the song tells the story of a young man going to a place where he may never come back again....

    And our parents all thought it was clean cut fun....:):)....

    Still have all of my original Monkee's albums....now if I can only find my Monkee's trading cards....there around the house somewhere... :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Trick of the tail and wind and wuthering were very good albums.
     
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    Neil Diamond wrote a few I believe, along with Carole King and Jerry Goffin.
     
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    Neil Sedaka, as well. They had a who's-who of songwriters.
     
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    I'm holding out for the Banana Splits, The Monkees were sell outs, not raw and real like the Splits.

     
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    I dreamed of having one of those Banana Buggy ATV's on the opening of their kids T.V. show..............
     
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    I saw the Splits open for the Stones once. Totally blew them away!
     
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    IIRC, didn’t The Monkees have a fleeting “comeback” in the mid-late ‘80s? ( Of which is now about 35 or so years ago .... jeez!)
     
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    I know, huh?
     
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