On Tuesday, my 13-year-old told me about a questionnaire she had to fill out for one of her classes. For the question about favorite bands, she put Panic! At The Disco and the Monkees. And I have to admit, I was a little proud. Not just because she has stayed immune to the latest tween stars and starlets but that she still keeps the Monkees so high on her list.
About 4 years ago, I introduced her to the TV show and she got really into both the series and the Monkees music. So much so they are were a littwale nervous about telling her about the death of her favorite Monkee Davy Jones. I had plans to take her to see the band at the Greek Theater later in 2012 but she came down with the flu and couldn’t go; however, she still wears the t-shirt that I got her.
Tuesday also turned out to be the 50th anniversary of the day that producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed an ad in the Hollywood Reporter looking for four “insane boys” to be in a TV show. Almost exactly a year later (Sept. 16, 1966), the Monkees premiered on NBC. I remember watching those shows religiously.
To commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary, Rhino has announced that it will release the entire series (all 58 episodes) for the first time on Blu-ray. This 10-disc set will also include the band’s 1969 TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, their now cult classic movie HEAD, rare film outtakes, TV commercials and other archival Monkees material.
2016 looks to be an exciting year for Monkees fans of all ages.