In the 1980s, MTV wanted to recapture the magic that was The Monkees, which the network was rerunning at the time, so they created New Monkees. Brian Boone over at Splitsider wrote an excellent article about why the show didn’t work. Here is the opening of the show, which for some reason features an imitation of the Rocky Horror lips, and the video to New Monkees’ single “What I Want.”
If I can find a full episode, I will review the show.
The Monkees were huge in the mid-1960s. For two years, they had the number one show in the country and kept topping the music charts. After, the television show came to an end the popularity of the band quickly declined. Over the course of 3 years, Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith disbanded. However, The Monkees regained popularity in the mid-80s because of constant replaying on MTV and Nickelodeon. A few years later, The Ben Stiller Show would combine The Monkees’ newly found pop culture relevance with the Seattle sound. This brilliant parody of The Monkees and grunge even has an appearance from Mickey Dolenz.
In honor of No Doubt’s first new song in 11 years, today’s cool video of the day are their network television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The band performs their first hit single, which was “Just a Girl.”