I absolutely ADORE The Monkees! They make me happy, they have amazing songs, and they are way cooler than the Beatles! (Not to start a fight or anything ;-D.)
I collect memorabilia of The Monkees and have almost all the albums (in their original release records). I recently found "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" at little bookstore. It isn't my favorite in cover artwork (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is the best), but I just had to own it!
Anyways, I was looking at the back of the record.
And I just love reading what they all had to say.
Mike: Blue is blue and must be that but yellow is none the worse for it: hearing only with ears-seeing only with eyes-feeling only with fingertips-and this and that creeps aways-never having been known by men to whom it would-not have mattered anyway. Stand easy children for God is good and speaks softly to all men. Love, Carlisle Wheeling
Okay, so that makes almost no sense. BTW, Carlisle Wheeling is the name of a song Mike wrote (those are not lyrics though). This is so totally Mike. He was always the "real" artist (or the "Smart Monkee" as he was called). And this is definitely something he would do...to show how "real" and "organic" he was.
Davy: Why are we forever weaving new ties to bind us to Earth. -Edith Sidebottom [signed] David
Now, this sounds absolutely like Davy. He is "trying" to be as "real" and "organic" as Mike. But, just can't break out of his "adorable, short, Brit" image.
Peter: Love Peter Tork
Peter is one of the cooler Monkees (my personal favorite). He could and did play almost every instrument EVER created (and a few I'm still not sure about...)! This was his way of not "trying" to be "cool". And it ends up being much better than those above mentioned.
Mickey: MIJACOGEO [signed] Mickey Dolenz
Mickey is just too cool. I think this is rather funny, because in a small way, Mickey sends up Mike and Davy's "seriousness". And, MIJACOGEO means: MIchael, JAnelle, COco, GEOrge. Mickey, his mom, his sister, and dad. You just gotta love Mr. Dolenz!
Anyways, these are just a few reflections on the band who in 1967 managed to outsell The Beatles and The Rolling Stones put together. (The Monkees had four number one albums that year, too!)
They aren't technically acurate observations, but the capture the essence of the band. And just because I didn't think Mike and Davy's blurbs were as cool as Peter and Mickey's does not mean I don't love them... ;-D
L-R: Back: Mickey; Front: Mike, Davy, Peter.