Thursday, March 01, 2012
Memories of Davy Jones
For some reason, when I was a kid, the Monkees television show came on after school, right alongside Robotech and G.I.Joe and the Transformers. So, for me, the Monkees was a comedy show for kids, a sort of goofy show about adults acting like kids and, for that reason, being someone you could like and trust and laugh at. It was refreshing to see some adults on television acting in a way that made sense to a kid.
I had no idea, of course, that there was another group called the Beatles who had anything to do with these guys, and I remember seeing the Beatles for the first time and thinking, "Hey! They're ripping off the Monkees!" Anyway, you probably already heard that Davy Jones of the Monkees died yesterday. An odd thing about celebrities is that a whole crowd of strangers has memories of them. I figured you might have some, too. Here's Davy singing "Daydream Believer."
I did see the Monkees live once, years later. I was there for the opening act, though... Weird Al Yankovich! But I remember them coming out on stage with their trench coats and guitar cases. Good times. Rest in peace, Mr. Jones.