Probably the most well-known songs from The Monkees’ catalog is “(Theme From) The Monkees.” It performed in the course of the opening credit of their acclaimed tv present. The songwriters behind the monitor felt it did an important job introducing the Prefab 4 to the world. Nonetheless, The Monkees’ Peter Tork thought the band shouldn’t sing the music publicly for a really particular purpose.
2 songwriters wished to perform rather a lot with The Monkees’ theme music
A variety of The Monkees’ most well-known songs have been written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, collectively generally known as Boyce and Hart. Boyce and Hart have been behind “Final Practice to Clarksville,” “Valleri,” “I Wanna Be Free,” and quite a few different basic tracks. In his guide Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem Into Miracles, Hart reveals why he was pleased with their work on “(Theme From) The Monkees.”
“In a three-minute romp, we’d identified the Marx Brothers picture of our as-yet-non-existent new band … we had taken a deeper look by figuring out them with a extra severe and articulate youth tradition … we bolstered the non-threatening visible picture that our long-haired hippie varieties can be portraying on TV … and we ended by offering them with a plug for his or her in-person performances,” he mentioned. They hoped the music would endure greater than different songs they wrote, like “I Wanna Be Free.”
Why The Monkees’ Peter Tork didn’t like singing the Prefab 4’s theme
Tork was much less captivated with “(Theme From) The Monkees.” He felt it labored as a theme music. Nonetheless, he satisfied different members of the band to not carry out it publicly.
“I at all times thought the music labored positive because the theme music for the TV present. However I by no means allowed us to sing it in public,” Tork advised Entertainment Weekly. “The entire concept of standing up there and singing, ‘We’re fantastic/We’re the fantastic ones/And our names are The Fantastic Ones,’ was too self-congratulatory.” The music doesn’t point out “The Fantastic Ones”; it appears Tork was saying he didn’t need to carry out a music the place The Monkees sang about how cool they have been.
Tork defined how the Prefab 4 labored their theme music into their reveals. “What we do now’s, the backing band performs [the music], and Micky [Dolenz] and I come out onstage to it,” he mentioned. “I can’t ever see us singing ‘Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees!’ I couldn’t bear it.”
How the world reacted to the theme music
“(Theme From) The Monkees” didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Then again, its father or mother album, The Monkees, was successful. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and it stayed on the chart for 102 weeks. “(Theme From) The Monkees” will ceaselessly be one of the vital well-known tv theme songs of the Sixties, even when Tork didn’t need to carry out it in public.