Hey, Hey We’re The Monkees

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I grew up watching re-runs of the iconic The Monkees TV show. I started in the late 70’s, when they were on after school on our local network. This was back before the days of cable, when people typically received about ten stations (if they were lucky). Kids were willing to watch old shows cause there just weren’t a lot of options out there. Among my possible choices, this was a favorite. A large part of what drew me to the show was the music. While it wasn’t played on the radio during my youth nor could you find their records in the store, I got lucky. I found an old album of theirs when I was about ten and spent one summer forcing friends to listen to it with me.

I was tickled and delighted when they came back into vogue during the 80’s thanks to MTV airing the show once more. The subsequent reunion tour and release of the brand new single That Was Then, This Is Now were icing on the cake for fans. It’s hard to believe that was thirty years ago. Whenever I picture them I still see the four “mop tops” that were on the TV show.

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It therefore came as something of a shock last week when Davy Jones died. He had been the real teen idol of the group, his cute face and British accent making him popular with girls everywhere; including famous ones, like Marcia Brady. I loved the episode where he appeared as a guest on The Brady Bunch. ( Thank God for re-runs, eh? I realized as I was typing this that if it weren’t for repeats I would never have seen any of these shows.) It is hard to believe that a crush from my youth could be gone. There is a unique sorrow to it, like a part of my childhood -a part I didn’t even know I was holding on to – had died.

If The Monkees were the voice of anything about their generation it was to not take yourself too seriously and to have fun. Davy Jones especially seemed to exemplify that spirit, always appearing as a laid back, oh so “cool” kind of guy. Even in interviews he was casual and at ease, enjoying himself without effort. I hope wherever he is now, he’s having a great time. Here he is singing the song I will always associate with him, Daydream Believer:

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What reruns do you remember from growing up? Any memories of The Monkees? Who was your embarrassing adolescent crush?

- Maggie AAR

7 Responses to “Hey, Hey We’re The Monkees”

  1. Lori L says:

    I grew up during the original Monkees show and of course loved Davey! Fast forward to the late 90s and my daughter watched them on Nick at Nite. When they did their reunion tour my sister & I took her to see them for her first concert. What a blast. The fans cheered so loud you could hardly hear the music. My daughter is 23 now and called me when she heard Davey died. She is now listening to her Monkees CD on the way to & from work. She & I go to a lot of concerts together, but the Monkees will always be a special memory!

  2. Leigh says:

    I do remember the Monkees but don’t remember being obsessed with them.

    I am trying to remember shows that I loved . . I think I had a crush more on David Cassidy from the Partridge Family.

  3. Maggie AAR says:

    Lori,

    Your experience with the show sounds amazing. It’s great that it became a bonding element with your daughter – and I am so jealous you got to go see them in concert :-)

    Leigh,

    Ah, the Partirdge Family. Another after school love. David Cassidy was awesome! And I still like the song “I think I Love You”

  4. Why do copyright holders only allow people from certain countries to view their content?

  5. Maggie AAR says:

    I changed the link for that was “That was then, This is now”. When I initially placed it in the blog it was working, then that copy right stuff came up. Hopefully this new one will last awhile.

  6. Sotheara says:

    I came to the United States about 25 years ago, and I started re-runs on TV because we didn’t have cable. I remember watching I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Wonder Woman, the Brady Bunch, and The Monkees. I still catch them on re-runs.

  7. Ruby says:

    I watched the Monkess on MTV as a little girl in the late 80s. LOVED them. I still love their music (and Mike Nesmith’s music, but that’s another story).

    When I started college, Nick-at-Nite ran “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “Rhoda,” and I love those shows to this day, as well.