Well Fing Fang Foom, one of the most lovable little vocalists of one of the most loveable little bands of all time died this week and the whole world wept. Davy Jones of 60s bubblegum pop band The Monkees, passed away of a heart attack, having complained of chest pains the previous night at his home in Florida. Expect an avalanche of "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Daydream Bereaver" tweets today, as well as #DavyJonesRIP; Jones really was idolized by music fans, despite The Monkees originally being created purely for a TV series. The producers of the show were surprised at how the Monkees blew up and very soon Jones and his Monkee mates Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith were on the road to superstardom. The TV show itself served as a platform for the band to showcase their latest hits, and The Monkees became a staple of kids TV on a Saturday morning, along with the Banana Splits, Jackson 5 cartoon and Harlem Globetrotters.
In a month that also saw Whitney Houston pass away, February 2012 must rank as one of the worst times for music in a long while. Jones left his humble roots in inner-city Manchester, England, and never looked back once he was swallowed up by the 1966 production team of Robert "Bob" Rafelson, Bert Schneider and Don Kirshner in Los Angeles. If you don't think you were a Monkees fan, just check out some of their other stuff on YouTube, and I guarantee the memories will come flooding back. I remember writing a piece for this blog a couple of months ago, in which I mistakenly attributed the vocals on "Daydream Believer"
to Mickey Dolenz. I should have known better. Sorry Davy. The Monkees were a vital part of growing up in the 70s and the momentum from their slew of feel-good tunes is still very much being felt today. Listen to this version of "Daydream Believer" and tell me the tune and words aren't engraved deep in your reptilian brains, Toasties!