Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mickey, Mickey: Happy Birthday Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees

Davy Jones’ corpse hasn’t even left the rigor mortis stage and already Rock Turtleneck is back with another Monkees tribute. Today is the birthday of Mickey Dolenz who is 67  and  by almost all accounts alive.

As I said in last week's Davy Jones homage, Dolenz sang pretty much every great Monkees tune except for “Daydream Believer.” 

One of his best is “Mary, Mary” a Mike Nesmith composition from their second album More of the Monkees, a record I played to death when I was around 7. The album topped the Billboard chart for 18 weeks in 1967, pretty amazing when you consider all the great music coming out at the time.

"Mary, Mary" has an infectious beat, which is probably why in 1988, the hip-hop trailblazers Run-DMC sampled it for their own song called “Mary, Mary.” They changed the lyrics from "Mary, Mary/Where you goin' to?" to "Mary, Mary/why you buggin’?" - not sure if that’s any better, worse or really any different. But it’s a fun song nonetheless.

Run-DMC's version of "Mary, Mary" appeared in their film Tougher than Leather, which pulled a rare “clean sweep” of all five major categories at the 1989 Academy Awards.

Buy on iTunes:
More of the Monkees
Tougher than Leather

1 comment:

ladcrp said...

I prefer the Monkee's Version!