The Monkees: Goodbye Peter Halsten Thorkelson
" There's a range of '60s songs that, yes, still reach me. But more and more, music from the '60s sounds pretty feeble to me. It takes so much time to winnow out the stuff that's just a quick throwaway from the stuff that had real substance. Then it depends … it's the artist. Aretha [Franklin] never made a bad record as far as I know. Most of the great Motown and soul songs still stand up. Some Beatles music still stands up. Some doesn't. 'She Loves You' puts the hair up on the back of my neck. Those guys were ferocious musicians. Buffalo Springfield. CSNY. Some one-hit wonders. Blood Sweat and Tears, they put out a couple of really good records. That was the stuff that reached me then, mostly. The Monkees' music is in a completely different category. It's neither great nor not for me. It's neither full of power or a froth, because it's the warp and woof of what I do. It's the material I'm using. Like if I'm cutting a suit, the Monkees' music is the fabric. Some of it's very good. But I don't think about it in the same terms, like does it match the Beatles, does it match R&B — I mean, we've got Carole King writing for us, you can't beat that. Neil Diamond. Boyce and Hart. We had some great writers. And the songs still stand up a little bit. Something like 'Steppin' Stone,' we play it every night. And it's pretty fierce. It's not tripping lightly through the grassy fields. So it's OK. But I tend not to think of it along those lines very much. I gotta do it and I'm going to enjoy my time doing it."
"One of the things that happens is if you don't like the Monkees' music, find something you do enjoy and enjoy it. Bring enjoyment to your heart and soul. Do something you like. Listen to something you enjoy listening to and if it's not us, Godspeed. So people who like us are hanging out with us and people who don't are hanging onto something else."
Peter Tork, Hartford Courant October 6, 2016
Peter's final project, "Relax Your Mind" (2018)
The Monkees, 1966
- "(Theme from) The Monkees" - 2:18
- "Saturday's Child" (David Gates) - 2:43
- "I Wanna Be Free" - 2:24
- "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce, Steve Venet) - 2:39
- "Papa Gene's Blues" (Michael Nesmith) - 1:57
- "Take a Giant Step" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:33
- "Last Train to Clarksville" - 2:44
- "This Just Doesn't Seem to Be My Day" - 2:09
- "Let's Dance On" - 2:30
- "I'll Be True to You" (Goffin, Russ Titelman) - 2:50
- "Sweet Young Thing" (Goffin, King, Nesmith) - 1:56
- "Gonna Buy Me a Dog" - 2:41
The Monkees - I Dont Think You Know Me - Peter Tork Vocal
More Of The Monkees 1967
- "She" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 2:40
- "When Love Comes Knockin' (At Your Door)" (Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Sedaka) - 1:49
- "Mary, Mary" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:16
- "Hold On Girl (Help is on its Way)" (Billy Carr, Jack Keller, Ben Raleigh) - 2:29
- "Your Auntie Grizelda" (Diane Hildebrand, Jack Keller) - 2:30
- "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:25
- "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" (Neil Diamond) - 2:16
- "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" (Nesmith, Roger Atkins) - 1:53
- "The Day We Fall in Love" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) - 2:26
- "Sometime in the Morning" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:30
- "Laugh" (Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Hank Medress, Jay Siegel) - 2:30
- "I'm a Believer" (Diamond) - 2:50
- "You Told Me" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:25
- "I'll Spend My Life with You" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 2:26
- "Forget That Girl" (Douglas Farthing Hatlelid) - 2:25
- "Band 6" (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Nesmith, Peter Tork) - 0:41
- "You Just May Be the One" (Nesmith) - 2:03
- "Shades of Gray" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 3:22
- "I Can't Get Her Off of My Mind" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:27
- "For Pete's Sake" (Tork, Joey Richards) - 2:11
- "Mr. Webster" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:05
- "Sunny Girlfriend" (Nesmith) - 2:33
- "Zilch" (Dolenz, Jones, Nesmith, Tork) - 1:06
- "No Time" (Hank Cicalo) - 2:08
- "Early Morning Blues and Greens" (Diane Hildebrand, Jack Keller) - 2:35
- "Randy Scouse Git" (Dolenz) - 2:40
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones LTD 1967
- "Salesman" (Craig Vincent Smith) - 2:37
- "She Hangs Out" (Jeff Barry) - 2:57
- "The Door into Summer" (Chip Douglas, Bill Martin) - 2:49
- "Love Is Only Sleeping" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) - 2:31
- "Cuddly Toy" (Harry Nilsson) - 2:38
- "Words" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 2:52
- "Hard to Believe" (David Jones, Kim Capli, Eddie Brick, Charlie Rockett) - 2:37
- "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (Michael Martin Murphey, Owen Castleman) - 3:09
- "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky" (Peter Tork) - 0:27
- "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:15
- "Daily Nightly" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:33
- "Don't Call on Me" (Nesmith, John London) - 2:51
- "Star Collector" (Goffin, King) - 4:28
The Birds The Bees & The Monkees 1968
- "Dream World" (David Jones, Steve Pitts) - 3:22
- "Auntie's Municipal Court" (Michael Nesmith, Keith Allison) - 4:05
- "We Were Made for Each Other" (Carole Bayer, George Fischoff) - 2:25
- "Tapioca Tundra" (Nesmith) - 3:08
- "Daydream Believer" (John Stewart) - 3:00
- "Writing Wrongs" (Nesmith) - 5:08
- "I'll Be Back Up On My Feet" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) - 2:26
- "The Poster" (Jones, Pitts) - 2:21
- "P.O. Box 9847" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) - 3:16
- "Magnolia Simms" (Nesmith, Charles Rockett) - 3:48
- "Valleri" (Boyce, Hart) - 2:15
- "Zor and Zam" (Bill Chadwick, John Chadwick) - 2:10
- "Opening Ceremony" - 1:20
- "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:56
- "Ditty Diego – War Chant" (Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson) - 1:25
- "Circle Sky" (Michael Nesmith) - 2:31
- "Supplicio" - 0:48
- "Can You Dig It" (Peter Tork) - 3:23
- "Gravy" - 0:06
- "Superstitious" - 0:07
- "As We Go Along" (King, Toni Stern) - 3:51
- "Dandruff?" - 0:39
- "Daddy's Song" (Harry Nilsson) - 2:30
- "Poll" - 1:13
- "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" (Tork) - 2:39
- "Swami – Plus Strings (Ken Thorne), Etc." - 5:21
- "Through the Looking Glass"
- "Don't Listen to Linda"
- "I Won't Be the Same Without Her"
- "Just a Game"
- "Me Without You"
- "Don't Wait for Me"
- "You and I"
- "While I Cry"
- "Teardrop City"
- "The Girl I Left Behind Me"
- "A Man Without a Dream"
- "Shorty Blackwell"
The Monkees Present 1969
- "Little Girl"
- "Good Clean Fun"
- "If I Knew"
- "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye"
- "Never Tell a Woman Yes"
- "Looking for the Good Times"
- "Ladies Aid Society"
- "Listen to the Band"
- "French Song"
- "Mommy and Daddy"
- "Oklahoma Backroom Dancer"
- "Pillow Time"
- "Oh My My"
- "Ticket on a Ferry Ride"
- "You're So Good to Me"
- "It's Got to Be Love"
- "Acapulco Sun"
- "99 Pounds"
- "Tell Me Love"
- "Do You Feel It Too?"
- "I Love You Better"
- "All Alone in the Dark"
- "Midnight Train"
- "I Never Thought It Peculiar"
Then & Now 1986 (Compilation)
- "(Theme From) The Monkees"
- "Last Train to Clarksville"
- "Take a Giant Step"
- "I'm a Believer"
- "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
- "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"
- "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere"
- "That Was Then, This is Now"
- "The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
- "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
- "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round"
- "Daydream Believer"
Pool It 1987
- "Heart and Soul" (Simon Byrne, Andrew Howell)
- "(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" (Eric Goulden)
- "Long Way Home" (Dick Eastman, Bobby Hart)
- "Secret Heart" (Brian Fairweather, Martin Page)
- "Gettin' In" (Peter Tork)
- "(I'll) Love You Forever" (David Jones)
- "Every Step of the Way" (Mark Clarke, Ian Hunter)
- "Don't Bring Me Down" (Bill Teeley, Glenn Wyka)
- "Midnight" (David)
- "She's Movin' in with Rico" (Andrew Howell)
- "Since You Went Away" (Michael Levine)
- "Counting on You" (Alan Green)
- "Circle Sky" (Michael Nesmith) Lead Vocals: Nesmith 3:33
- "Never Enough" (Micky Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 2:58
- "Oh, What a Night" (Davy Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 3:12
- "You and I" (Dolenz, Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 2:57
- "Unlucky Stars" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:11
- "Admiral Mike" (Nesmith) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:23
- "Dyin' of a Broken Heart" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:09
- "Regional Girl" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:16
- "Run Away from Life" (Peter Tork) Lead Vocals: Jones 2:43
- "I Believe You" (Tork) Lead Vocals: Tork 3:41
- "It's My Life" (Dolenz) Lead Vocals: Dolenz 3:41
- "It's Not Too Late" (Jones) Lead Vocals: Jones 4:03
Good Times 2016
1. Good Times
2. You Bring The Summer
3. She Makes Me Laugh
4. Our Own World
5. Gotta Give It Time
6. Me & Magdalena
7. Whatever's Right
8. Love To Love
9. Little Girl
10. Birth of An Accidental Hipster
11. Wasn't Born To Follow
12. I Know What I Know
13. I Was There And I'm Told I Had A Good Time
14. Me & Magdalena [Version 2]
Christmas Party 2018
1. Unwrap You at Christmas
2. What Would Santa Do
3. Mele Kalikimaka
4. House of Broken Gingerbread
5. The Christmas Song
6. Christmas Party
7. Jesus Christ
8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
9. Silver Bells
10. Wonderful Christmastime
12. Angels We Have Heard on High
13. Merry Christmas, Baby
The Fans Speak Out
"My diatribe on the Monkees not being in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ...Three of the Monkees played to a packed house at the Beacon in NYC last month, with roars, standing ovations and a lot of love & respect.Here were three out of four guys from a band made for TV- singing, playing, joking around- cranking out hits, TV favorites, B-sides, cult favorites and other rarities for 2 straight hours, with one Monkee occasionally leaving for a break while the others entertained. The only top 40 hit they didn’t seem to do was DW Washburn. Sure there were moments where the three would just be in front of a large band ensemble, which included guitars, horns, keyboards and percussion. But, they were entitled.Peter was a big highlight of the evening. He sang an on an equal amount of songs with the other two. He sang his material and some of Nesmith’s. He played lead keyboards on several songs, lead and rhythm guitar, banjo and even a flugelhorn. This man has been through hell and here he was for two hours entertaining. That courage alone should get the band into this “hall” (but more on that later).
Micky played drums on almost half of the songs and stayed pace with the band drummer. His vocals weren’t vintage 60s, but he still had that distinct 60s voice, on which that alone should put this band in the “hall” (but more on that later). The humor was still there as was the energy. He played acoustic guitar later in the night.Davy was funny, flamboyant, with some “diva” moments, and just being Davy. Though he is not my favorite Monkee, He has to be there more so that the ever missing Nesmith (my favorite, but attendance not required). Davy got all the middle aged ladies in the audience to dance and sing along. I knew Davy played some acoustic gutitar and he didn’t disappoint, but was shocked me most was when he got on the drum kit. I zoomed in from the upper balcony with my little binoculars. He REALLY was playing folks. He wasn’t Neil Pert, but hey hey.
The Nes, while it would have been great for a guest appearance, really isn’t required for this show set up. I saw them without him in 86 and 89, but this show was far more entertaining, and more musicianship from the three. Several of his originals were in, so he was there in one way.There was no faking or lip syncing here.Now the um “hall” thing. My Mike Lovean rant: These guys have toured as four, three, two and one since their 86 comeback. They got approval last month from one of the toughest cities in the business. I don’t see “hall” contemporaries Creedence, Beach Boys, the Animals, the Byrds, the Young Rascals and Lovin Spoonful with many surviving members on the tour circuit other than portions, pieces, fake replacements and fragments. Two of the above mentioned bands also relied heavily on the Wrecking Crew for studio material. There has to be some merit at longevity, even if it is only rehashing old hits. That was them, playing now.
They sang so many hits it was dizzying. From day one, that was Micky mostly on those hit singles, with Davy and Mike on occasion. So he did it for a TV show- it was still HIS vocal. Yeah his own drumming came later, but he did it. You don’t get up in front of thousands if you can’t.The energy was electrifying. A bunch of 60 year olds on the rock stage-like to see some of the above mentioned hall of fame bands collectively try it. Hell they can’t even sit in a room together. Get over it. Look at Mr. Tork - that is just pure courage and inspiration.Hall of Fame? I think the three gentlemen would prefer the massive accolades showering on them on this tour after all of these years than to rust on an elite hand picked wall in Cleveland like the rest of the groups mentioned."
"I was one of those'teeny-boppers' in the '60's who saw The Monkees in Houston,Texas -(at that same concert,we also saw an unknown crazy-acting genius named Jimi Hendrix!) Then many yrs later, I took my teenage daughters to see them,after they literally BEGGED me! I don't know too many artists that can draw that diverse of an age group even to this day. We all still love their music. It's always fresh-sounding & cool. Absolutely, they should be in the Hall of Fame. It's ridiculous they aren't! Too bad they let our favorite in the group, Davy Jones, pass away without this honor. May he rest in peace."
"Why shouldn't the Monkees be added into the Hall of Fame? They were at a changing point of our lives, with VietNam and soldiers coming back to homes they found familiar and changed. We went thru hell during the 70's and music reminded us who we were and what we felt. Last train to Clarksville was for all those small town boys, coming home from war, hoping that their lives will be the same and that she would be there for him. Cheer Up sleepy Jean, was for all those young ladies who dreamed of the day being with the one she loved and building a life, with hope to have one. Even Randy Scouse Skit had it's own meaning, of the insanity that was around us, the uncertainty what's ahead of us and how we will react when we are faced with it all. The Monkees brought all that to us in music, whether they wrote it or not, they delivered it to the masses and the fans cheered them and we're still cheering for them. Let the Monkees in!"
"The reasons we usually hear -- I don't know from whom -- for their non-inclusion are (1) they didn't play their own instruments, (2) they were a "manufactured" group, and (3) they didn't write most of their hits.
To these, I offer: (1) The Beach Boys, whose work in the 1960s was played largely by Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, and also Crosby Stills & Nash, whose albums featured them playing guitars, but with exceptional session musicians behind them. (2) Other bands in the RRHOF came together as "manufactured" rather than just friends who grew up together. The aforementioned CS&N, for example, were introduced to each other through other professionals while they were still with The Byrds, The Buffalo Springfield, and the Hollies respectively. A better example would be the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was Jimi plus Noel and Mitch, who were recruited and contracted to be his band. Finally (3) Elvis wrote none of his own songs."
"The omission of The Monkees from the RRHOF is the Hall's most glaring snub and most egregious flaw. ...and this organization has MANY flaws. Why on earth are Public Enemy and Run DMC in the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame? They were big artists with big popular hits? OK, then I would expect Frank Sinatra to be inducted immediately, based on those criteria. Either keep it as a "Rock Hall of Fame", which excludes rap (which isn't music anyway because it doesn't meet the definition), hip-hop, and maybe even disco, or make it a "Music Hall of Fame" and get Beethoven, Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong in there right away. Right now, it's basically the Wenner Hall of Fame, and between him and Greil Marcus, their tastes are notoriously inexplicable. (Rolling Stone HATED HATED HATED Led Zeppelin. HATED Cream. And don't even get me started on the ridiculous artists they loved that didn't deserve it.)"
"Despite the snobbery against them by that overrated “Serious Sixties” crap. What hypocrisy especially when all along The Beatles sang some silly gibberish, and even wore costumes as walruses, bears, and chickens! WTF!? And Beatles had been marketed as a KIDDIE TV CARTOON.That’s more “respectable” than the Monkees project? Sure…..1967’s Magical Mystery Tour is a lame bus wreck by the Beatles attempting to copy the success of The Monkees. But the Monkees had did it better — AS MUSIC TELEVISION.Induct Nesmith, Dolenz, Jones and Tork. They have every right to be honored (as did Neil Diamond, a Monkees songwriter himself).When’s the last time you heard the Monkees on the radio? Today. Any given day. They endure in the soundtrack of Americana.The Monkees episodes with ‘reality cam’ commentaries often were political and youth-topical. (Oh, how Rolling Stone Mag worships any artist who gets more political… right?) So, if BEING POLITICAL counts, The Monkees deserve respect there too.And overall, they ROCKED, are fun, still, and are genuine entertainment. Viva la Monkee!—– And when the topic comes around to does KISS deserve to be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame….. YES they deserve it too. They are rock stars."
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