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33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (1969)

TV Movie  |   |  Music  |  14 April 1969 (USA)
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Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll.

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Himself - Monkee #1
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Paul Arnold ...
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Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll.

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Too much Monkees business
5 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Has to be one of the weirdest TV specials by a big-name act ever. Watching it, I can't quite work out if this was the Monkees final capitulation to or rebellion against the studio system that made them. Quite what blues rockers Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll are doing on board is completely beyond me, especially Auger's grandstanding MC shtick. And that's not to mention the three piano-pounding rock and rollers of yesteryear Fats Domino, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis who get wheeled out for their greatest hits just one more time.

The concept is funny when it's being pretentious and pretentious when it's being funny, whether it be the whole Darwin / Monkees (geddit?) evolution thing or the split personality routine to give each of the Monkees a solo turn. And of course it wouldn't be a 60's pop music special without a pointless and boring dance routine by a hippy-troupe of young males and females.

Monkees music is in rather short supply, the four solo spots yielding low returns especially Dolenz's soul-rock version of "I'm A Believer" a pop song so perfect you just don't mess with it. The one exception to this is Mike Nesmith's excellent "Listen To The Band" even if it was a voice in the wilderness of band recognition and identity and gets extended far beyond its station in any case.

As a deconstruction of the whole "manufactured group" millstone around their collective necks, I can almost see what they were getting at but it's all very muddled and over- indulgent. After this show, Peter Tork left the group, effectively splitting the band but this over-ambitious mish-mash is more ugly duckling than swan-song, I'm bound to say.


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