(Theme From) The Monkees
|"(Theme from) The Monkees"|
|Single by The Monkees|
|from the album The Monkees|
|Recorded||July 5 and 19, 1966, RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood |
|Songwriter(s)||Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart|
|Producer(s)||Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart and Jack Keller|
"(Theme from) The Monkees" is a 1966 popular song, written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as the theme song for the TV series The Monkees. Two versions were recorded - one for their first album The Monkees and a second shorter version designed to open the television show. Both versions feature vocals by Micky Dolenz. The full length version was released as a single in several countries including Australia, where it became a hit, reaching #8. It also made Billboard Magazine's "Hits of the World" chart in both Mexico and Japan, reaching the Top 20 in Japan and the Top 10 in Mexico (#2 Jun.17, 1967). It is still played on many oldies radio stations. An Italian version of the song was featured on a Monkees compilation album. Ray Stevens did a version of the Monkees Theme song on his 1985 album He Thinks He's Ray Stevens featuring a male German group of singers, Wolfgang and Fritzy, that are arguing during the refrain of the song. ("Hey Hey Bist Du Monkees".)
A slower version of the theme song - sung by Boyce and Hart - was recorded for an early production of the pilot episode (16mm black and white). This can be found on the Special Features section of the Monkees Season 1 Box DVD set.
A notable line is "We're the young generation, and we've got somethin' to say," reflecting the youth counterculture of the time.
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