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Welcome to the Monkees Print References FAQ! This FAQ lists references to the Monkees in magazine and newspaper articles and in popular books which are not otherwise about the Monkees. Titles are followed by publication date and a brief description of the Monkee reference made.

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Brett Butler (1996)
In her autobiography, Brett noted that "Pleasant Valley Sunday" came out at a time in her youth when her life became a lot like the song.

British Post Office campaign (1997)
On a billboard with the slogan "I saw this and thought of you", there is an envelope addressed to somewhere in Sydney Australia, with a Monkees 97 World Tour flyer in front of it. The British dates were listed along with fictitious dates for Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Bangkok and Sydney -- which was circled.

Desperation [book] (date, publisher??) By Stephen King
The maniacal cop character hums Last Train to Clarksville under his breath while driving an unsuspecting family to their doom.

Esquire (07/96)
In an article called "Planet of the Apers" the creation of many new television networks is discussed. Included is a visual of a chimpanzee with a thought balloon which reads: "Once I saw what the Banana Channel was doing with its King Kong archive, I said to myself: we can repurpose our 'Monkees' reruns and have J. Fred Muggs anchor our morning show. We're also planning a 'Dating Game' variation called 'Gorilla My Dreams."

EW (no.311) (1996)
When asked which star (Pauly Shore or a monkey) is a better financial risk, Danny Bonaduce says, "I'd rather do a movie with a Monkee -- preferably Peter Tork."

EW (04/26/96)
In a review of Hootie and the Blowfish - "The modest, anthemic melodies were easy to hum and vaguely familiar; in their videos, the band cavorted like modern-day Monkees."

Feast (by Graham Masterson, Pinnacle Horror, 1988)
The hero and heroine are trapped in a church with religious cultists and are given older clothes to wear. the hero says to his girlfriend, "What do you think of these clothes . . . you look like the Monkees."

GQ (?Feb/March 96)
Talking about the hoopla around the show 'Friends', it contains this quote: "For a while there," grumps cast member Matthew Perry, who plays Chandler, "I thought we were becoming the Monkees."

Hi and Lois (01/24/97)
In the first frame, Chip says to Hi, "I'm starting a straight-edge, hard-core band!" Hi says, "What's that mean?" In the second frame, Chip says, "You'll like the fact that we swear off drugs, but you'll hate the music." In the final frame, Hi says to Lois, "Sometimes I really miss the Monkees."

Horse Whisperer (book by Nicholas Evans, ?publisher, ?date)
While bathing the female character, Grace, is listening to an oldies radio station who are doing a major Monkees retrospective. They've just played "Daydream Believer" and are now playing "Last train to Clarksville."

Kingdom Come (book, DC Comics, ?Year)
Characters resembling the four guys appear in about a dozen panels on two pages of this book by artist Alex Ross.

Lethargic Lad (comic book by Greg Hyland - #2)
One character says, "Hey! Do you know who Rob Roy Fingerhead is?"

MAD Magazine (1995)
In an article about Nick at Nite theme nights, highlighted is "Monkees Episodes Where You Can Tell They're Not Playing Their Own Instruments." The caption is: Mike NOT playing guitar! Micky NOT playing drums! Peter NOT playing bass! Davy NOT playing tambourine! Also included is a caricature of the guys standing there staring at their instruments with really confused and puzzled looks.

Main Line Today (06/96) (serving Philadelphia's western suburbs)
In a review of _MTV: The Making of a Revolution_ by Tom McGrath, it stated, "Ardmore resident, Tom McGrath, spent so much time researching the legend and lore of the music video network that he discovered it was partly "Monkees" business that helped create the cable Goliath." Further information discusses Nez's contribution to the music video concept.

Marvels (book by Marvel Comics, year??)
Artist, Alex Ross, is shown at his drawing board with a large Monkees photo displayed at eye level.

Megan's Masquerade [book] (Magic Attic Press, Portland, ME 1996, Page 12) by Trisha Magraw
Megan states, "Last week my aunt was playing some of her old records -- you should have seen her dancing to this song by the Monkees called The Last Train to Clarksville!

My DirecTV (Mar. 2003)
TV trivia quiz, "That's Our Song" category, question 5: "Here we come, walking down the street / We get the funniest looks from / Everyone we meet..."

National Enquirer (05/27/97)
In an article about the wedding of Debbie Dunning, from Home Improvement, it was noted that the bride and groom walked back down the aisle to "I'm a Believer."

National Lampoon (02/90) (page 15)
A series of drawings titled "Dick Clark Models Rock Hair Styles" includes Dick Clark as Mike Nesmith, complete with the wool hat.

New Haven Register (01/20/97)
In a review of a rock band in which Shannon Doherty sings, the reviewer noted, "Actually, this band is about as alternative as the Monkees, except the Monkees had better vocals."

New York Daily News (?1995)
In an article about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the author wrote that many more people remember the music of the Monkees than that of Frank Zappa. It was stated that in order to draw people to the attraction, it would need to begin inducting artists people actually remember.

New Yorker (03/24/97)
In the article "The Iron Law of Stardom" by Louis Menand, the premise that all stardom lasts only three years is presented. "What causes the fadeout after three years isn't the star. It's the large number of moons that get pulled into the star's gravitational field. It's not the Beatles; it's the Monkees. And, where there are Beatles, sooner or later there must be Monkees. Talents are continually being launched in the direction of the Zeitgeist, and when one intersects, every other talent tries to follow the same trajectory."

New York Press (07/95)
In an article by J.R. Taylor reviewing a book by a Zappa groupie, the author commented on "We're Only in it for the Money" "While the cover art mocks Sgt. Pepper's, the music is more a companion to the Monkees' Head soundtrack; both examined the corruption of hippie culture, and tempered disgust with pathos and bouncy songwriting."

New York Times (03/11/11)
The article, by Michael Hoinski, with a wedding photo by Ben Sklar for the New York Times, discusses the wedding of A. Whitney Brown and Carol Wonderland and that their dear friend and former member of The Monkees, Michael Nesmith, was ordained as a Universal Life minister to officiate their ceremony. The photo shows Nesmith with the happy couple, and Nez appears to be kissing the bride on the head as she sings to her beloved groom. The article goes on to discuss, at length how the happy couple met through Nez when both were scheduled to be part of the virtual 3D performances offered regularly on Nesmith's ground breaking Virtual Ranch website. "And without quite intending to, Mr. Nesmith, who more recently has been a multimedia producer and novelist, helped bring together Mr. Brown, with whom Mr. Nesmith worked on a comedy variety show in the mid-1980s, and 38-year-old Ms. Wonderland (real name Carolyn Bradford), the daughter of Houston musicians."
Newsweek (04/28/97)
This issue contains an article about a rock'n'roll fantasy camp, run by David Fishof, called "Daydream Believers."

Outre (vol. 1, No.4) (?1995)
In a review of the video "Teenage a go-go" it states, "Heck, those crazy Monkees are seen a lot on this tape: either pushing Kellogg's products or guesting on that wild, far-out teen show 'Happening'."

People (July 22, 2002)
Rock Of Aging, page 49. Peter is featured as one of the artists celebrating 60th birthdays in 2002. The article discusses his post Monkees career, his kids, Shoe Suede Blues. Monkees photo from 1967 and Peter on a bike.

People (Sexiest Man Alive issue) (Nov? 2002)
In The Scoop, under heading "This Old Hat:" "Practical, modish, and oh, so versatile, the snug-fitting knit cap, which hugs the craniums of so many of today's recording artists, can be traced to our primate ancestry--the Monkees' Michael Nesmith." B/W pic of Nez in wool hat and pics of current pop stars in knit hats.

Real Life Adventures (04/02/97)
In this cartoon captioned "Hangover Sympathy", a woman leans over a man who is in bed and says, "Say, you don't look to good. How about something to eat . . . Like a cold dish of gravy with a hair in it?"

Rolling Stone (issue 708) (05/18/95)
In reference to the Friends TV show theme, "The reaction of the studio audience] is overwhelming. the crowd even claps with the characters during the fab, Monkee-ish theme song."

Rolling Stone (02/08/96)
In an interview with Sean Kinney, the drummer from Alice in Chains, he talks about what the band is like off-stage. "Since our music is so depressing, everybody expects us to run around in black and whine about shit," says Kinney. "But that's such a misconception. We just get together and f*** around. We're like the Monkees or something."

Rolling Stone (?Feb 96)
In an article about a new band (?the Fungees), it refers to one of their songs as "Monkeesesque".

Show Business Kills [book] (?1994-5) ?author
One of the main characters of the book got her start in show business as a gopher for the Monkees.

Surrogate Child [book] (Berkley Books, 1988, page 64) by Andrew Neiderman
A character's "heart began beating rapidly. She couldn't recall being as nervous and excited about meeting anyone, not even when her parents took her and her sister and brothers to see the Monkees in a revival show at the Monticello racetrack and her father managed to get them to meet Davy Jones afterward."

Taco Bell campaign (1997)
In a campaign featuring Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, the kids meal bag contains the phrase "Hey Hey Where are the Monkeys?"

TIME (05/95)
Below a picture of the actors from 'Friends' playing instruments, it says, "Hey, Hey, Where's the Monkey?" "The first time I heard the demo, I thought 'Uh-oh. The Monkees," says Phil Solem of the Rembrandts. He was referring to the theme from 'Friends'. "And now the folks from Friends, including Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow are helping out by pretending to play instruments for the video. Somewhere Davey [sic] is smiling."

TV Guide (04/05/97)
In this issue Rosie O'Donnell revealed that Davy Jones was one of the first celebrities she had a crush on.

Vanity Fair (12/95)
The Monkees television program was listed in the "All-Star, All-Time, TV Hall of Fame" under "Group Efforts" along with Cheers, ER, Hill Street Blues, M*A*S*H, Laugh-In, SNL, SCTV and Taxi.

Viz (UK adult comic) (1997)
In a publication often know to be somewhat offensive, Micky Dolenz was the subject of a parody of the hysteria and media frenzy surrounding Princess Diana's death. The article, titled "We're Bananas about you, Micky", called Micky "the man they called the people's Monkee." It refers to throngs of people lining up outside a TV studio to add to a carpet of bananas. Readers were urged to sign the "Mickydolences book" housed at the studio where he produced "Metal Mickey".

Walnut Cove (by Mark Cullum) (08/19/96)
In this syndicated comic strip, a husband and wife are shown going through a box of old albums in the attic. Shown are Tommy James and the Shondelles [sic], Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Monkees. The wife states, "Who's was it that said 'Nostalgia is self- worship by means of deification of things associated with our development?'" After thinking the husband replies, "I don't know. but whoever he was the Monkees were obviously over his head!"

Wrestler (07/96)
In this WWF publication, Leif Cassidy said that his favourite band is the Monkees, Nez was a better guitarist than Paul McCartney and Micky blew Ringo away on drums.

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