SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Door Into Summer" by The Monkees (1967)

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, everyone hates The Monkees, they were't a real band (Excepting for the times when they were), and their show isn't as funny as you thought it was when you were ten, and blah blah blah blah. I don't give a crap. You want to know what I think of The Monkees?

I think they're fairly kickass, to be honest. Yeah, every song wasn't great, and yeah, some of Davey's more self-indulgent stuff goes on and on and is kind of painful, but the fact of the matter is they were really crankin' out the albums for a while there, and the four or five 'main sequence' ones are actually pretty good.

I don't care who's actually *playing* on the albums (As though country bands don't generally rely entirely on studio musicians, as though it isn't commonplace today in rock), there was some great stuff on there - catchy, memorable, some occasionally beautiful harmonies (As on the end of this song), some unexpected experimentation here and there (The first Moog ever played in an American song was a Monkeys track), and clever lyrics.

By their own admission, this song in particular is based on Robert Heinlein's novel "The Door Into Summer," though they took some liberties with the story to hippie it up a bit for the general audience. Sadly, there's no video for this one, not even a cheesy FMV, but it is a really cool song.

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