Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It was 41 years ago today...

"The Monkees" TV show debuted on NBC. After its first season, the show won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series.

I'm a big Monkees fan; I love the show and the music, and I've seen them in concert several times. It's a dream of mine to see them inducted someday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

8 comments:

Brett Probert said...

Well Keith, you know that I often like to say snide things on other's blogs. But today, I'm too busy singing to put anybody down. Sorry.

Clay Knick said...

Fun show and great music. :)

J. R. Miller said...

I got to meet Davey Jones in 1995 on the tonight show. My wife and were on the show the night DJ was there to sing. It was fun since I have always liked the monkees.

Roda Zone said...

I hate to be so picky Keith, and you know I love you. But the Monkees should get no where near the hall of fame. First of all, they were a contrived band, put together by producers to create a show that would mimic "Hard Days Night." So they did not write alot of their music and lacked the grass roots stuff that makes a band great. Please let me know if you disagree.

Chris said...

Do you like the Monkeys becuse of their music or because you think we decended from them?

Corben said...

I am not surprised you like the Monkees. My daughter loves monkeys, but she likes Gorillas even more.

It is said you can tell a whole lot about a person by the music they tend to listen to...

I am sure you can guess I used to be a big Ozzy Osborn fan, but now I am more of a Casting Crowns fan.

J. R. Miller said...

Roday Zone, can you name me a band who was not "contrived" by produces? LOL

Anwya, the origin of the band is not the most important thing. What must be considered is what they did in the coming decades to impact music and the people who listened.

I personally could care less about the Rock and Roll hall of fame, I just don't listen to it anymore. That being said, I recently heard DJ in a TV interview and considering the historical impact of the band, measured by the values of our world, he made a very good case for being in the RRHOF.

Keith McIlwain said...

Chris - I don't necessarily think we descended from "monkeys"; it just doesn't matter to me one way or another if we share common ancestors.

Joe - Jim Elston, my brother, and myself were with Peter Tork for "Hands Across America". Weirdness abounds.

Randy - How a band got together doesn't mean they weren't influential. Also, Elvis wasn't a writer, but he's the most important musician of the 20th century...by far. The test for the Hall is: were they any good? Have they influenced others? The Monkees have certainly influenced others in many ways, and their catalog of hits - written by some of the best writers in rock history (Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, etc.) - are GREAT, and are still with us. "I'm A Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville", "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone", and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" are among the best pop records ever made. They are indeed, in my humble but authoritative opinion, Hall of Fame worthy.