Valleri b/w Tapioca Tundra
Colgems #66-1019 Released 1968
I had this single planned to post and as I went to write some crap about how cool Davy Jones is, I found out that Don Kirshner died yesterday. The AOL headline says “Monkees Creator Don Kirshner Dies” which I’m sure pisses Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider off but I guess the classic MUSIC that the Monkees, or whoever, made is still remembered more than the actual TV show itself (although I’ve recently heard rumors of re-runs coming back to L.A. soon).
Anyway, here’s to you Don for believing in Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and it certainly would’ve been interesting if he didn’t get fired and had the chance to supervise the “Head” soundtrack (although it probably would NEVER have happened at all if Don was still there) or later Monkees recordings. But then we would’ve never got “Sugar Sugar”! Come to think of it, Micky Dolenz would’ve sang the shit out of “Sugar Sugar.”
Although “Valleri” is a Boyce & Hart tune, the songwriting team AND Kirshner were gone from the Monkee camp by the time this single was released in early 1968. The version used on the television show was the original Boyce & Hart production and it’s better than the single which features the credit “Producers: The Monkees.” But the song is so good it could’ve been a hit with ANY production, and it’s interesting to note the single version used a lot of the same session players to at least get as close as possible to Boyce & Hart’s original TV version.
This single was the Monkees’ last Top 10 hit.
The b-side is a Mike Nesmith song that’s kind of a trippy and psychedelic variation of “Papa Gene’s Blues” but comes nowhere close to Lennon and the Beatles, the obvious influence (at least musically speaking).