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Django Django – “Porpoise Song” (The Monkees Cover)

The Monkees were a made-for-TV band designed to capitalize on the Beatles’ popularity and to engage in wacky sitcom hijinks. But in 1968, they made Head, a movie that’s earned a rep as one of the deepest, weirdest psychedelic nuggets of its era. (Jack Nicholson co-wrote it.) British postpunkers Django Django are the latest act… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2014 - 8:38 am

R.I.P. Davy Jones

TMZ reports that Davy Jones, singer for the Monkees, died of a heart attack this morning while at home in Florida. He was 66.

The British-born Jones started out as a child actor before being cast on The Monkees, the TV show that spawned the band, when he was 19. Both the show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 29, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Then He Saw Their Trades, Now He’s A Believer

Hey hey they’re the Monkees! Who knew they’d be whoring around? Okay, in fairness you had to figure at this point they’d be trying to turn dimes from their ’60s catalogue. Only thing is, well as the story goes, they didn’t really write any of the songs for which our moms loved ‘em. A conundrum,… More »

By: Stereogum / September 24, 2007 - 4:23 pm