My Monkee-Mania Days

I had a whole other idea for a post today, but then I saw my brother’s Facebook post yesterday saying goodby to Mike Nesmith…aka Wool Hat and spent the rest of the day down the Monkee hole of memories. Their songs were on repeat, episodes were watched on You Tube and I remembered the days when their poster hung on my wall.

I wasn’t even born when The Monkees came on the scene in the mid-sixties. But as I got older, I knew their music and occasionally saw an episode of their television show. I was totally influenced by my older brother and sister’s music, so along with my Sesame Street records, I listened to The Beatles, Queen, Elton John and The Monkees.

Then came the 80’s, which is the best decade for music (don’t fight me on this, LOL.) And I discovered my own taste in music…Duran Duran, Madonna, Tears for Fears, The Bangles, Depeche Mode… MTV in its glory days! Flash forward to 1986. I am 15 years old and in February The Monkees hit MTV with a marathon called Pleasant Valley Sunday…all the episodes. I was in heaven!!! I went to Sam Goody and bought their cassettes and a poster to hang on my wall. (yes, I get obsessive sometimes)

With a new interest in their music, they went on tour with a bunch of other bands for a 20th. year reunion. Well, I just had to go…HAD TO. Being a baby sister has its advantages. Meaning…my brother went down to the ticket master to buy tickets for me, my friend Susan, our friend Frank and himself. Of course, when he came home, I had to hear how everybody else was on line for Billy Joel’s “An Innocent Man” concert, but nooooo…he had to buy Monkees tickets for his sister. Thank you, Donnie, and you know you had a good time!!!!

I even headed over to Security Square Mall to wait in line to meet them and get an autograph picture. Mike was not part of that tour and Davey was back at the hotel afraid he would get mobbed. So, I had a picture of Davey, Mickey and Peter with only 2 signatures on it, but that’s ok, cuz Mickey was always my favorite.

Still listening to them today. Right now, the song “Valleri” is on…my sister Valerie hates this song. I have to laugh, because we talked about this song yesterday. Hates how the name is spelled, how they sing the name, which means, of course, I started singing it over the phone…she started laughing hard, but not hard enough to bring out the Sulpazo snort…I guess I have to try harder next time. Actually, it might be happening right now as she reads this…hope so.

I will always remember the fun I had (and still have) when I listen to their music and watch the show. It was light and silly and always puts me in a good mood. Music is a magical thing that can bring out all the emotions. I will definitely have more to say about music in future posts, but for today, I will just say goodby Wool Hat.

***Question for the comments…Do you like The Monkees? (If not, its ok) Who was your favorite? Any particular favorite song? And if you have no idea who I am talking about…go directly to You Tube and find out.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

18 thoughts on “My Monkee-Mania Days

  1. Hey, Hey they were the Monkees..
    Great post. Remember the concert well. Loved the other bands, liked the Monkees show. It felt a bit pushed to me, kinda like they were still on the tv. However, it was a great night all around and great floor seats.

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  2. OmG! The snort came out just when you said it would! I snorted and then read where you said I would be snorting so I snorted harder. So hard I Corted! (Or snoughed). Loved Davy and Mickey. I don’t have a favorite wong, I like too many of them, although now the entire world knows I hate Valleri (who SPELLS it like that?!) The Monkees came on after the love of my childhood…do you remember who?

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  3. We had so much fun at that concert!! OK, back then we had so much fun and made so many memories no matter what we did. Yes, I am proud to say that I still love the Monkees, and I am semi-serious. Sometimes highly manufactured music, humor, and adorableness are the best. And Davey, because—absolute cuteness. Gotta think about a fave song. Maybe A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You… or I’m a Believer. And I am going out tonight to see a cover band that plays Duran Duran, INXS, Depeche Mode, etc. 😁

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  4. I love reading your posts! Always so descriptive and entertaining. I can see you going to Sam Goody so excited, making all your purchases! I remember the Monkees and a couple of songs. I love the memory of your brother taking you and your friends to the concert. My brother took me to see Bruce Springsteen and the wonderful memory of him taking me far outweighs the amazing show The Boss put on.
    Also lol on the Sesame Street records 😂 so cute 🥰

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  5. Lol. They were before my time and I didn’t have older siblings to expose me! However, Tracie & James, I did as I was told and YouTubed their songs. Now, I have heard the most popular ones but didn’t associate them precisely with The Monkees. I just labeled them in my head as 60s songs… haha. They are pretty catchy … thank you for the update on their musical career 🙂

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