Audiochat – Nov 10, 2014

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Who? Aral Sea

What? Monkey business. Aral plays and discusses the band right after Beatles, The Monkees.

Do you think The Monkees were called fake to distract from the pre-fabbed Beatles? Sure seems possible.

While this isn’t a radio station, Aral shows that you can play music and tie it in with our manufactured culture, looking through fakeologist lenses.

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8 thoughts on “Audiochat – Nov 10, 2014

  1. cj

    I’ve only come to really discover alot of 60’s music the past few years, basically since I discovered media fakery. After picking a lot of my favorites it was interesting to see they were all linked with that Laurel Canyon stuff.

    I’m not too familiar with the Monkeys yet, but a Youtuber called Stackpot that I used to follow used a song in one of his vids. He has a lot of good videos, usually with some clever editing and music, but I can’t vouch for everything of course.

    Actually, I think I saw the video linked in the old chat here, a year or so ago

    Here’s the video from Stackpot:
    [youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqd5A9…

    I liked the song so much I found a source:
    [youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAXuPv…

    Pretty trippy vid hehe, reminds me of an Apple commerical. Do we have to do this all over again? Yes, buy the new phone.

    I think the lyrics are amusing from a fakery context and I wish I was as clever as Stackpot

    Do I have to do this all over again?
    Didn’t I do it right the first time?
    Do I have to do this all over again?
    Oh, how many times do I have to make this climb?
    Didn’t I? Didn’t I?
    Can I see my way to know what’s really real
    They say time can fix things by itself
    I know life’s more than just some kind of deal
    Yeah, but won’t you tell me [Incomprehensible] all
    When my soul comes off the shelf
    Didn’t I? Didn’t I?
    Do I have to do this all over again?
    Didn’t I do it right the first time?
    Do I have to do this all over again?
    Oh, how many times do I have to make this climb?
    Didn’t I? Didn’t I? Didn’t I?

    Been into CCR and Neil Young the past few years and I guess they were also at Laurel Canyon. I find so many songs relevant to fakery or just in general, then consider it all could have been tied into psyops.

    Also I had a weird experience sending a friend off for an enlistment right after 9/11, they played Buffalo Springfield – For What Its Worth in the hotel lobby. Sending our friend off at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing) and walk into the lobby at the hotel in the late evening to say final goodbye and the song starts. It was a fantastic psyop experience, we all noticed the song, I wonder if they played it every night then since probably most of the hotel occupants were new recruits leaving for basic training or if it was just chance or radio programing around 9/11?

    1. aralsea

      Hi CJ:

      I learned a few years ago that “Last Train to Clarksville” the first Monkees hit song, was a reference to Clarksville, Tennessee, a Vietnam troop deployment base. “And I don’t know if I’m ever coming home…”
      And the little tenny boppers had no idea what messages were hidden in these tunes.

  2. khammad

    What can I say, the Monkees spoke to me as a child, and I still enjoy their music as an adult.

    What was the psychology behind the songs and tv shows that made them so attractive to me? I often wonder what was the overall purpose of the creation of the Monkees. Was it just money? Of course not.

    The tv show was not the best. The sets were bland and the writing contrived, but I watched the show so that I could get glimpses of the band members that I had crushes on.

    My best friend Rene’ (girl) and I would look forward to each and every show.

    Thanks for the blast from the past! You deejayed this episode quite successfully!

    1. aralsea

      Youre welcome K-Ham, thanks for playing the Monkees to inspire my audio too!…On the surface, The Monkees were a copy of (replacement for) the Beatlemania phase Beatles. The psychedelic Sgt Pepper Beatles debuted after the Monkees came out in Sept 66 – same time as the alleged Paul/Faul death. Since The Beatles became a different kind of band (studio only-no concerts), The Monkees replaced them for a time as the top band. The Monkees were so popular that the next season of Star Trek (Sept 67), they added a Davy Jones look a like to attract more younger viewers, hence Mr Chekov (Walter Koenig).
      Click link to see comparison of Davy Jones (Monkee) and Walter Koenig (Chekov)

      i107.photobucket.com/albums/m3…

    1. aralsea

      Hey xileffilex: I am a huge Byrds fan too. I saw Gene Clark in concert in 1987 (four year before his death). Apparently, only Roger McGuinn plays any instrument on Mr. Tambourine Man the song. The rest of their songs were performed by the group, (except for certain album cuts that needed help). Also, the country styled Sweetheart of the Rodeo album had a lot of Nashville musicians on it too.

      The legend is that Gene had a fear of flying and McGuinn told him that he could not be a Byrd if he refused to fly (ironic). There were personality conflicts between him and David Crosby as well.

  3. aralsea

    Inspired by K-Ham playing some Monkees music in her ep-12 show, my purpose was to showcase the band they called the PreFab four, The MONKEES (not Monkeys) a prefabricated TV band patterned after The Beatles. At the same time, I am a Monkees fan and also showcased some of their lesser known music (deep cuts). They were a FAKE band in the beginning, that became REAL…plus with a little help from the Hollywood studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.

    Link to their feature film HEAD

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