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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
There are a couple of great Monkees trivia questions, another one being "What wild and extraordinary musician briefly opened for the Monkees on their tour?"

apple01 This apple goes to the first person to answer. (Anyone over 50 is excluded from the competition.)

 

Ooh... that's an easy one.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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He called them 'dishwater'

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The question is the extent to which you can call them a band. (This is apart from the question of whether you like the songs released under their name.)

They were hired as actors in a TV show pretending to be a band; they were given songs written by a wide assortment of people; I believe studio musicians played most if not all of the instruments (though the Monkees had varying degrees of musical talent). So...

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Poor Davy.  He died too young. He probably could have played the Artful Dodger until he was 50--he always looked very youthful and Ringo towers over him in height.

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Atlas said
He called them 'dishwater'

He didn't care for their music but liked them as people iirc.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
The question is the extent to which you can call them a band. (This is apart from the question of whether you like the songs released under their name.)

They were hired as actors in a TV show pretending to be a band; they were given songs written by a wide assortment of people; I believe studio musicians played most if not all of the instruments (though the Monkees had varying degrees of musical talent). So...

Studio musicians played most of the Beach Boys music at the time as well; and the Monkees started to play most of their instruments and write more of their own songs from their third album on as the pressures of filming the TV show decreased (from the Wiki: "Headquarters was the third album issued by the Monkees and the first with substantial songwriting and instrumental performances by members of the group"). They are a band.

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It's an interesting one, @trcanberra, just how much they can be considered a "proper" band, and how much - even when they took more artistic control - they remained a pretend band.

They certainly appeared to be operating as a band in 1967, with both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. showing them attempting to prove they could operate as a unified collective rather than a bunch of actors hired to play roles. That had all fallen apart by 1968 though. The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees had only one track that featured all four, Daydream Believer, and that was recorded during the Pisces sessions. Only one other track, Auntie's Municipal Court, featured more than one Monkee (Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz). Peter Tork's only appearance on the album was on Daydream Believer.

The best that can be said, in my opinion, is that they tried to prove their critics wrong in 1967, and show they could be a band, but quickly found they didn't like recording together, and so all went their own way to make own recordings, which would be thrown into the hat to make another release under the name of "The Monkees".

Myself, I don't think they were ever a "proper" band, but acknowledge they spent a few months trying to be.

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I think they tried for more than a few months @Ron Nasty , as demonstrated by the album that three of them recorded after the ones you mentioned, plus numerous tours (in varying combinations) and 'reunion' recording attempts, as well as their feature film. Lots of other bands have had a shorter time together than the Monkees and I think they are somewhat unfairly singled out because of the way they came together.

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Another example of the Monkees acting like a 'proper' band:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.....28album%29

They have probably been a 'proper' band, however defined, longer than some more accepted groups like Buffalo Springfield (the link of course being Stephen Stills - a nice trivia question there too).

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My opinion is tainted by my reaction to them when they came about. As a Beatles, Hendrix,... fan I couldn't believe that someone could take them seriously.

A friend of my parents gave me one of their albums, and I quickly gave it away before any of my friends could see it in my room.

(My view of Yoko as an artist is equally tainted by the role she played in the breakup.)

I suppose they were as much a band as the boy bands that have appeared through the years - perhaps more so.

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 The trouble was, Monkees didn't have a John-Paul-George & Ringo - more like a George, a Pete, and half a Paul.  

Ow... my heart!a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 

Micky isn't that bad.

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I can't tell you the names of the 4 Monkees. 

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I can't tell you the names of the 4 Monkees.   

a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 ! Mike, Micky, Peter, Davy. Now you know. ahdn_ringo_09

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Check this out @Evangeline @natureaker & @The Hippie Chick beatlemaniacs_02_gifShould be the first chance to hear the new songs live. I'm not sure what AXS TV is but I'm gonna find out. 

 

http://www.examiner.com/articl.....-on-axs-tv

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While researching AXS TV, I ran into this. It's a fun review of the show they performed at Wembley stadium in 1967.

http://www.monkeeslivealmanac......y-concerts

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 @Evangeline @natureaker & @The Hippie Chick earlier today I was watching the entire Ed Sullivan show (including commercials) that introduced The Beatles to America. The main character in the Broadway number at the 16:40 mark looks pretty familiar. What a coincidence that is!

http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....the-ori_tv

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Oh yeah. I was going to mention that in the In My Life  thread when you posted it, but I couldn't think of a way to fit it in. 

Strange that he looks so young there but it was only one and a half years before the Monkees auditions. 

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Yes!! I have the DVD of all the Sullivan appearances, whole shows and saw this. LOL!

Davy! So cute and yeah, so YOUNG. As Evangeline said, just a year and a half before his Monkees audition. heart

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t YOKO also break up the Monkees????? a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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