Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Monkees

Classic Nick Wed. – The Monkees
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Even though today is Christmas and I was going to take the day off, as I was going to suggest all the Moderators do, I decided that I indeed would be able to find something Classic Nick to post today so here it is.

Most of you know The Monkees from watching their TV series in the 1970’s when it aired in reruns. Fast forward to February 23, 1986 when, a then five-year-old, MTV broadcast A Monkees TV show marathon called "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the group’s 20th anniversary.  

The group that was once brushed off by critics during their heyday as manufactured and lacking talent announced a "20th Anniversary Tour".  Tour dates grew from smaller to larger venues and became one of the biggest live acts of 1986 and 1987 with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork playing North America. All four Monkees would later reunite as Davy Jones, and eventually Michael Nesmith, rejoining the group spreading Monkee shines everywhere they went.  

With a new surge of Monkeemania well on its way Nickelodeon began to run their old series daily and a whole new generation of kids welcomed the Monkees into their hearts as The Monkees’ original albums began selling again and a smaller version of Monkeemania began to spread.

The 20th anniversary of the Monkees in 1986 was not only a revival for them but their rediscovered fame generated the first official Monkees single since 1971. "That Was Then, This Is Now" was listed as No. 20 position in Billboard Magazine which featured only Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. As the due gained new fans Davy Jones later joined the Monkees for “Heart & Soul” later that year.

As was customary with sitcoms of it’s time The Monkees also filmed a Christmas special in which they helped a greedy boy find the true meaning of Christmas. The end of the epiode featured the quartet gathered around a microphone singing a traditional Spanish Christmas son called “Ríu Ríu Chíu.”

The Monkees – Ríu Ríu Chíu (1967)


Also included in this blog are a few fun Monkees videos I found. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

The Monkees – That Was Then, This Is Now (Version 1)

The Monkees – That Was Then, This Is Now (Version 2)

The Monkees – Heart & Soul

Monkees Screen Tests

The Monkees Christmas Medley '86 Featuring Mike Nesmith

The Audition (Find the Monkees!) – Full Episode.

Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story – 2000

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