12 May 2015

Creature comfort goals, they only numb my soul

With its Revolver chords and snappy pace, the Goffin/King-penned Pleasant Valley Sunday may seem an identikit pop template, but the lyrics are guardedly anti-consumerist and the TV spot is an interesting glimpse of life in the Monkees in 1967. Of particular interest is exactly how much interest Mike Nesmith appears to have in proceedings, which is precisely zero - although he does grimace when he plays a duff note near the end. Still, it's by no means a trifling number. The Dolenz vocal is typically polished, and Jones and Tork seem to be enjoying messing about. The single was another Monkees hit, reaching number 3 on the Billboard chart and number 11 in the UK, and it was sandwiched between two properly great Monkees singles: Neil Diamond's A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, and John Stewart of the Kingston Trio's meaningless but insidiously catchy and therefore world-conquering Daydream Believer.

See also:
Music: The Monkees - You Just May Be The One, 10 September 2013
Music: The Who at Monterey Pop, 31 January 2014
Music: Denmark Street, 18 January 2010
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