Hey gang, it’s Joseph, yet again, presenting another Friday Five. This time, we’re going to cover the Monkees throughout the decades. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones were the founding members.
“All Of Your Toys” was one of those songs that I didn’t know about until I picked up one of the “Missing Links” albums back in the early 90s. It’s an unused track from the “Headquarters” sessions, and has all four Monkees singing. It was once said that this song represented the penultimate Monkees sound. I’m inclined to agree:
Changes was released in June of 1970, after Mike Nesmith’s departure from the band. Peter had already left before “Present.” “Do It In The Name of Love” is one of the few songs on the album where you can hear both Micky and Davy.
“Pool It!” was released in 1987, after the band celebrated its 20th anniversary. The lineup featured Micky, Davy, and Peter.
“Don’t Bring Me Down” is an uptempo song sung by Micky.
“Justus” was released in October, 1996. It featured Mike’s return. But we’re going to expose you to a different side of Peter Tork with “I Believe You.”
After the 90s, you didn’t hear about them in the news until Davy Jones passed away. This year (2016,) they’ve released an album called “Good Times!”
This is “Me And Magdalena,” sung by Micky and Mike:
What is your favorite time period of The Monkees, or have you enjoyed them throughout the decades?