In 1966 NBC premiered a sitcom featuring a rock and roll band called The Monkees, featuring four actors who were chosen to represent specific character types, modelled after The Beatles. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones were hired to fill the various roles, and it wasn’t long before The Monkees stormed onto the charts, becoming one of the biggest acts in the 1960s.
Behind the scenes, things weren’t quite so rosy. The Monkees were not allowed to write their own songs or play their own instruments on the show, which led the press to give them the unfortunate nickname ‘The Prefab Four’. Frustrated, angry and determined to prove they weren’t just four pretty faces, the boys decided to go on tour.
In this episode of The Stueytunes Show, we examine the phenomenon that was The Monkees, including their quick rise and equally quick fall back to earth, and their various comebacks over the years. Forgive us if after listening to our discussion you end up having songs like ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ or ‘I’m a Believer’ stuck in your head!