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Pop Goes the Monkees!

Updated on November 28, 2014

Monkees Hand Puppet

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Sometimes our memories from childhood are muddy and unsure.But then sometimes an event was so delightful, so fun and influential that the details you thought were long gone are still there in your head.This toy exemplifies a crystal clear beacon of joy (one of many) from my days in fourth and fifth grade.

Introducing the Mattel Talking Monkees Puppet! Place it in one hand and pull the string with the other.The most difficult part of writing this article was finding my childhood toy buried in one of my memento boxes in the basement. But, I found it! It no longer talks but its in great condition otherwise.

Toy Demonstration from Terri

I never knew you could fix the audio on these string toys! Here are most of the sayings this puppet said. The only one I don't hear on this video was something like "I'm Micki, I'm Davy, and I'm Peter Monkee!"Now I wish I kept my Stacy doll (Barbie's British friend) that used to say, "I'm Stacy and I think mini-skirts are smashing!"

A Good Review of the Puppet

Dance Party Memory - Where have you gone, Debbie Paul?

Where is the friend from childhood that shared my love of the Monkees and introduced me to the Ouja board? The height of her birthday party was playing this album and dancing in the living room. She was the first of my friends to have it.

I went home and begged my Mom for my own copy.I have forgotten so many details of my life then because we moved shortly thereafter, but for some reason, I remember that time and my friend's name.

The Monkees First Album

The Monkees
The Monkees

This is my first introduction to the Monkees. Although a greatest hits edition is probably the best way to start for a new collector, this CD has some fun songs not included elsewhere.

 

The Monkees

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The Monkees and Their Influence

Nothing can surpass how influential these 4 guys were to my preteen years. They were a TV show of young adults playing in a band, living in a groovy pad, getting into all kinds of adventures. To me it was the greatest. It gave me a happy escape every week.

Yes, they were a 'produced' band made for a TV show, but they worked hard to be taken seriously and even started playing their own instruments in their later albums.

I didn't want to go out with them and be a fawning groupie-- I wanted to BE them (a girl version). During the Sixties, girls were either singers or played tambourine. Maybe keyboard once in a while. But the boys with the shaggy hair were guys I wanted to hang out with as a peer, as an equal.

I decided I needed to learn a rock instrument to up my chances for getting in a band someday (I played flute in band at school and that was not going to cut it). Keyboard? No, not interested. Guitar or Bass? Maybe, but I really had trouble with finger positions.

Drums? Ahh, there you go! Cool fun and an unexpected instrument for a GIRL!

The Monkees as Role Models - And See Mom, I Turned Out Okay!

My parents agreed I could get drum lessons and I absolutely loved it. Later on, I would join many bands through the years and had a ball. This is one- circa 1983.The Antoinettes from left to right: Margie Shears-bass Meegan Voss-vox keyboard and lead vocals Kim Milai-drums and backup vocals Cathy Kensington-guitar and backup vocals.

Monkees or Beatles? - Which side were you on?

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh, the Beatles were far better. But the Monkees had some really good pop songs that have held up over the years.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks for your note. It was a gas. Hairspray, hairspray, hairspray. For the most part we actually looked like this on a any regular day in NYC (maybe less hairspray).It's funny, I show my almost teen girls my band pictures, thinking now they'll think I'm cool. My girls tell me, "This is nice but it's OLD FASHIONED, its from the eighties". I play rock music loud in the car and they ask me to turn it down, lol.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @Meganhere: You're quite welcome!

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      ColettaTeske 

      5 years ago

      Monkeys all the way. Love your band hair! Too many good memories!

    • Meganhere profile image

      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      I loved The Monkees! Thanks for the memories.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Similar Dads. Also he wasn't a pop fan but he did buy Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and enjoyed listening to the music and Vincent Price

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for that memory. I still have Monkees on my iPhone and I still overeat chocolate lol!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I was thrilled when they began showing reruns on T.V. Kim, I remember you driving, changing the Monkees tapes (yes, tapes), and eating a candy bar, seemingly all at the same time! Fun times they were.

    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 

      5 years ago

      @Kim Milai: Your Dad must have been an interesting man with an inquiring mind... this sounds very much like what my Dad did with anything new and "out there," too. :)

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: My parents were into the Henry Mancini stuff, but my Dad always bought Beatle Albums for the house because he wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I loved listening to both these groups

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @RowanChisholm: I agree!

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      The Beatles were my favorite but the Monkees were in the running as a favorite.

    • RowanChisholm profile image

      Rowan Chisholm 

      5 years ago from Washington state

      I liked both. I don't understand how people say you have to like one thing or another. I just like what I like.

    • Kim Milai profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      @PaigSr: Yes, especially as adults we can appreciate them for different reasons. I remember when I was little, the beatles were cooler because they were the *real* band. But I loved seeing the Monkees every week on my TV.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confussion

      When comparing, it comes down to the songs and how you respond to them. The words have different meanings depending on who is listening and how they intemperate them. So your comment about for different reasons is very true for myself and probably many other readers as well.

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