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60s-tork-all-monkees got me to wondering…
Did Peter grow the goatee to cover his surgery scars? Or did he have it before then? I’m sure someone has got the timeline worked out…
Nah, he had the goatee long before the surgery. Peter was clean shaven in the late ’90s during the Monkees’ 30th anniversary, but started wearing the goatee around 2000-2001 (the surgery for the cancer was in 2009).
Peter Tork knows what day it is…
Here’s hoping that some-“bunny” gives you all tasty treats in your baskets today. (God knows that’s certainly what Peter and Davy are wanting here…)
Happy Easter, everyone!
[Master post with all challenge questions HERE.]
**NOTE: First, apologies for being a bit late with the last two days of the challenge. Second, many thanks to the fabulous thank-your-lucky-stars for doing this for all of us! The challenge officially ends tomorrow, so now’s the time to finish the rest of the questions if you haven’t already!
DAY 11a: Favorite Song from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd.
Oh, this is such an evil, evil question! There are at least three that I love in equal fervor and I have no idea how to narrow it down. The album is fantastic and has a lot of terrific Mike-lead vocals and Mike/Micky harmonies. After great deliberation, I think I will have to go with “Love Is Only Sleeping,” at least in part due to Peter’s white pants in the video, Mike’s falsetto, and this super-hot Torklenzmith fic that is based on the aforementioned video.
DAY 11b: Joke or Story You’d Most Like Micky Dolenz to Stop Telling in Interviews
Hahah. Aw, Micky. Well, I love Micky, truly I do, but there are definitely some anecdotes of his that have gotten real damn tired. (Namely, the line “I’m told I had a great time”; the “I looked like a cross between Ronald McDonald and Charlie Manson” Beatles story; and the Leonard Nimoy/Vulcan analogy.) I think my feeling on this is not so much that I want Micky to stop telling the same stories, but I want interviewers and such to stop asking the same freaking questions over and over again.
For what it’s worth, Peter does the same thing of using the same bits and jokes in his show over and over again, and the difference is that Micky at least makes his stories sound (somewhat) fresh. So what I’d really love is for Micky to tell a story he’s told before, but in a completely different way. Or it would be great if he told some stories that he’s never told before, but again, that’s only likely to happen if these interviewers do five seconds of research and ask some new damn questions.
DAY 12a: Favorite Monkees Solo Project
Another toughie! Well, I have to say that, for whatever reason, it took me a long time to get into each Monkee’s solo work (excluding Peter with Shoe Suede Blues, because I’ve been going to see them for five years now and going to those shows was a large part of what facilitated my getting into the Monkees fandom). So SSB has a big place in my heart for sure.
After SSB, I did begin to explore the other guys’ solo work. Davy got disqualified from contention solely due to the song “Rubberene” (oh, the nightmares…NIGHTMARES, I TELL YOU). I do love Micky’s new album Remember…I think it’s wonderfully done, and his new version of “I Prithee (Do Not Ask For Love)” is so fucking good it gives me shivers (in the good way).
And Nez…what can I possibly say? I’m not so hot about everything post-Rays, but the FNB/SNB stuff and everything else up to Rays is absolutely phenomenal. Michael Nesmith is single-handedly responsible for making me like country music, and that is NOT a small feat, I can assure you. I have never and probably will never again encounter anyone else who can make yodeling sound sexy, so THANKS A BUNCH FOR BREAKING EVERY EXISTING FORM OF YODELING-RELATED LOGIC, NEZ. Seriously, though…his songs and the way he sings them make me so happy and fill my heart with a warmth I can scarcely explain, but that is always there.
DAY 12b: Ultimate Favorite Monkees Song (Pick 5)
This is just sadistic right here. I think thank-your-lucky-stars must have a whip that she cracks while standing at her computer screen and cackling wickedly. After much screaming, crying, gnashing of teeth, drawing of pentagrams and offering of goats to the dark lord in exchange for NOT having to answer this question…I am now going to answer this question. In no particular order:
1. “Pleasant Valley Sunday”
2. “Papa Gene’s Blues”
3. “The Girl I Knew Somewhere”
4. “All Of Your Toys”
5. “Someday Man”