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20 December 2012
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RunForYourLife
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Which Beatles songs do you think had the most effect on the Monkees sound? Not necessarily direct inspiration (i.e. Paperback Writer/Last Train To Clarksville) but rather what "vibe" the Monkees (Or rather Boyce/Hart and the Wrecking Crew, if you're gonna be that way about it) were going for?

I nominate two...

"I'm Looking Through You"

"Run For Your Life"

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Every time I listen to I Wanna Be Free (version 1) , it Reminds me of Blackbird .Though The Monkees work was written first in 1966 .

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23 December 2012
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I Wanna Be Free is the Monkees version of Yesterday.

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"Daily Nightly" has a spooky drone and a filtered vocal that's constantly interrupted by whooshing and bleeping electronic noises created by a newfangled Moog synthesizer (Monkees being supposedly the first rock band ever to record with a Moog) and is pretty clearly indebted to "Tomorrow Never Knows".
In fact, the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. album is very much the Monkees' answer to Revolver, albeit a year late and not as adventurous or consistent.

But I don't really think there's any one Beatles song that the Monkees used as a template for their "sound". Just like the Beatles, the Monkees (and their producers) had many different approaches, trying whatever had been done successfully before by others. (And occasionally adding a minor innovation of their own, like the Moog.) The trouble was, Monkees didn't have a John-Paul-George & Ringo - more like a George, a Pete, and half a Paul.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

29 October 2013
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vonbontee said
"Daily Nightly" has a spooky drone and a filtered vocal that's constantly interrupted by whooshing and bleeping electronic noises created by a newfangled Moog synthesizer (Monkees being supposedly the first rock band ever to record with a Moog) and is pretty clearly indebted to "
Tomorrow Never Knows".
In fact, the Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. album is very much the Monkees' answer to Revolver, albeit a year late and not as adventurous or consistent.

But I don't really think there's any one Beatles song that the Monkees used as a template for their "sound". Just like the Beatles, the Monkees (and their producers) had many different approaches, trying whatever had been done successfully before by others. (And occasionally adding a minor innovation of their own, like the Moog.) The trouble was, Monkees didn't have a John-Paul-George & Ringo - more like a George, a Pete, and half a Paul.

I've listen to The Monkees most of my life like The Beatles, thanks to my mom, but like Vonbontee said, "I don't really think there's any one Beatles song that the Monkees used as a template for their 'sound'. Sure, they drawn inspiration from The Beatles, but there are not any songs from The Monkees that make me think "Now, is from The Beatles!". There are more bands from the 60s or even now that would make me think that than The Monkees would. 

29 October 2013
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The Monkees had a zany tune on their first album called "Gonna Buy Me A Dog." 

  This song might be considered the Monkees' answer to "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), except it came before the Beatles song. Curiously, I met Micky Dolenz a few years ago in a bar, and I mentioned his lead vocal on "Gonna Buy Me A Dog." Micky looked at me politely but confused, and claimed he didn't remember such a song at all. So, I quickly changed the subject, filing that incident away as "convenient amnesia."

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The Monkees song Magnolia Simms reminds me of Honey Pie but MS pre dates HP.

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For me it's more their TV show being inspired by A Hard Day's Night than musical influences.

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@Necko said
Ah, the Pre-Fab Four.

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If we are looking at influences then, apart from the TV show I already mentioned, film is another more likely influence. I suspect that Head was strongly influenced by Magical Mystery Tour - and is just as much of an indulgent, somewhat enjoyable, oddity and reflection of the times.

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Yeah, I think "Head" is better than MMT. Even though it recycles the shrinking bit from "Help!"

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