Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Monkees ‘More Of The Monkees’

Whether you know it or not, the title of each blog is the music that I’m listening to for the day. As I type this now, I’m digging on “When Love Comes Knockin’ (At Your Door)” and I’m thinking about writing Davy Jones a letter. Not that I want the Marcia Brady treatment or anything.

Ah-hem.

‘More Of The Monkees’ is the album you must have for your collection. Some pricks will say that you need the Original Soundtrack to ‘Head’… But listen to THIS prick and get what I told ‘ya. You won’t be sorry.

If I were in a band, I would do a cover of “Your Auntie Grizelda”. That is one of my all time favorite songs.

And I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately… What are my all time favorite songs?

I’ve been toying with the idea of making a special mix CD for friends and family called ‘Eugene’s Hit List’. Here are some tunes that have registered themselves on the list…

The Monkees’ “Your Auntie Grizelda”, The Knack’s “My Sharona”, and MORE! Listen to this great offer…

Actually, there is a list sitting about 1 O’clock from my position. I just can’t let the cat out of the bag. And… If you’d like the complete list… Check back later when it becomes reality.

Many moons later…

And right now… I’m checking the time and forty-five minutes have somehow disappeared, there’s a few CD’s piled up in front of me and Heavens Sakes’ ‘Shinola’ is playing.

Yeah… I started adding more tunes to my list.

Music is of great importance to me. Probably as much as television and movies. Really… I’m trying to say that I’m an “entertainment junkie”. It’s a sickness except I don’t stick needles in my arms and a lot of my goodies can be found just by paying a cable company or satellite provider for their fine service.

And music can be found cheaply. Purchase it on CD, download for a small fee, or check out a local band.

For me, music can always find its way to mean something deeper whenever you hear it again. The first few times, you hear nothing because you haven’t experienced it yet. Or maybe a tune hasn’t gotten on your good side yet. But, there’s a reason that it’s in your collection. During repeated listening, it will take you back to a time and the meaning comes into focus from the lyrics. Sometimes music can be deeply satisfying and orgasmic.

I’m a sucker for good melody and substance. I also like the sensory bitch-slap from hard rock bands that blow things up. My tastes are varied and I have thousands of reasons why you should like it too. You don’t have to agree with it, but I won’t stop trying to sale you the product. Hell, my dying words will probably include some of the lyrics to “Cold Shower” by Kix.

Lets consider 70’s country singer and television show artist, Jim Stafford. I will try to sale you on him…

Jim Stafford… With hit songs like “Spiders and Snakes”… the pro-marijuana song “Wildwood Weed”… and Mr. Furley’s eye-popping innuendo song “My Girl Bill”.

The guy was damn funny. And one of my favorites by him is a true deep cut called “Sixteen Little Red Noses”.

It’s a strange little song… If you think banjos playing the blues is strange. The lyrics were funny as hell. He’s a married man that comes home to find his wife with a naked man. Her excuse?

He was a nudist who came in to use the phone.

There is even deeper weirdness in the song, but I will let you discover that for yourself. IF you can find it. I would be surprised if someone has that one on his or her MP3 player.

Go ahead. I double dog dare you to find it.

7 comments:

  1. Got to disagree with you with regard to The Monkees. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. is the must-have for your collection. Harry Nilsson's Cuddly Toy, the reverb-drenched Pleasant Valley Sunday, the psychedelic Daily Nightly and the prototype to Americana music, What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round, to name a few, make this album one of the more solid Monkees album.

    Speaking of Jim Stafford, didn't he have a song called Swamp Witch? Seems like I remember it being a B-side to one of his "hit" singles, but I can't remember which one. Anyway, if that's what it was called, I liked it and played it all the time.

    Here endeth the music geek comment.

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  2. Yes, that is a great album and I appreciate your attitude about it. Perhaps we can discuss it over band-aids and beer?

    "Swamp Witch" was in fact by Jim Stafford and was probably the B-side to "Spiders and Snakes". They were both on the same LP.

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  3. I don't have any huge musical insight, but any time people mention the Monkees in a positive light, it's a mark-out moment. One of my proudest musical purchases was a 4-cd Monkees box set. Each cd features a picture of a different Monkee. Is it coincidence that the Mike cd is the lamest? I think not.
    Now I am tempted to break 'em out and give 'em a listen, but it's 6:07am and I really should be going to bed.

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  4. Kim... I respect you too much to quote the Blues Brother that was on SNL News in the late 70's.... But! Michael Nesmith was the coolest and most talented of The Monkees.

    "Save the Texas prairie chicken!"

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  5. Oh no! Mike is the worst. (though he is Ma's favorite. Charles prefers Mickey) Many of his songs are just too country and western for me, plus he was the least funny on the show. And, in real life, he just seems too smug. He's just irksome all around. Of course his cd suffers from the unfortunate fate of being the last chronologically, so it is filled with songs from the 2 and 3-member days, and the things from the reunion albuns. It doesn't even get to go in the cd case, it's still packed up the in original box somewhere in the basement.

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  6. Kim... That's a damn disgrace!

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  7. Wish I could find that "nudist" song -- my fallible memory of further lyrics include: "Make my home on the bread . . . yeaaah, slap some mustard on my head -- I'm a chili-dog for you baby . . ."

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