Peter Tork, Dead at 77

Peter TorkPeter Tork was 77. He played bass and keyboard The Monkees, a band best known for hits like "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer," as well as The Monkees television series that ran from 1966 to 1968.

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Al The Royal Pain

This makes me sad. I'm a big Monkees fan. Saw them live at the Molson Ampitheatre in the mid-90s (sans Nesmith). Lined up at Tower Records to get their autographs. When I saw the news, I immediately put Spotify on to play all Monkees. They were underrated.

"For Pete's Sake" is one of my favourite tracks and one I always wanted to cover. With a previous band, we used to play an ironic mashup cover of "Gonna Buy Me A Dog" and "Last Train To Clarksville". I remember playing that cover at Lee's Palace and the guy who booked us said he couldn't believe we covered those two songs. We were are hard rock band back then.

RIP Peter.

February 22, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

bsmntdwllr73

I inherited a bunch of records/8-Track Tapes from my much older cousin (by 17 years) as a budding eleven year old music collector. Among the varied stash of Alice Cooper, Boston, Deep Purple
and other stoner delights of the early to mid 1970s, there were a handful of key Monkees albums
included as well. Always enjoyed them and never considered the band to be musically illegitimate,
regardless of the irrefutable fact that Don Kirshner was largely responsible for their original
creation myth. Stellar songs, vocals and Wrecking Crew musicianship combined to create
some of the finest pop music of the mid to late 1960s. Quite a shame that once again The
Monkees were passed over for long-past-due induction into the largely bogus Rock & Roll
Hall of Shame. And yet, there is totally ample room for that legendary 'hard rocking' Janet Jackson gal. Then again, that rockin' video remix of "Black Cat" with the vastly underrated Nuno Bettencourt on additional guitar might have sealed that particular shady deal! R.I.P.

February 22, 2019 @ 4:34 PM

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