The Only Monkees Song That Charted within the 1970s

by Jeremy Spirogis
Davy Jones with a microphone

The Monkees had been a quintessential a part of 1960s pop music however the 1970s weren’t almost as sort to them. Only one of many band’s singles charted on the Billboard Hot 100 within the 1970s. The tune managed to chart although it got here from a interval the place solely two of the unique 4 Monkees had been nonetheless a part of the band.

Davy Jones with a microphone
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An atypical Monkees tune with a hip video

Critics typically examine the Monkees to the Beatles. In 1970, the Beatles broke up. That similar yr, the Monkees had solely half-broken up. According to AllMusic, Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones stayed collectively to file the album Changes whereas Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork left the group. 

The solely charting single from Changes was “Oh My My.” While it was a easy love tune — like a number of of the Prefab Four’s hits — it was additionally a departure from the Prefab Four’s 1960s work. The instrumentation of “Oh My My” has a little bit of a rustic/blues affect. It’s lots much less polished than the Monkees’ hits, so it confirmed the group had vary. 

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“Oh My My”

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Dolenz and Jones filmed a music video for “Oh My My.” The video exhibits them driving bikes collectively. It should have appeared very hip on the time, because of the then-recent success of Easy Rider and a lot of different movies about motorcyclists.

Is ‘Oh My My’ associated to Ringo Starr’s tune of the identical identify?

Monkees/Beatles comparisons are unavoidable and “Oh My My” is not any exception. According to the e book Long Title: Looking for the Good Times; Examining the Monkees’ Songs: One by One, Ringo Starr had successful tune known as “Oh My My” in 1973. Despite the equivalent titles of the songs, that they had nothing to do with one another. Starr’s observe owes extra to music corridor songs than the Prefab Four.

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“Oh My My”

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How the general public reacted to ‘Oh My My’ — and the place the Prefab Four went from there

Billboard studies “Oh My My” reached No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. It charted so lowly, it doesn’t actually qualify as successful. However, it could be the highest-charting Monkees tune for 16 years. The Prefab Four broke up in 1971 and so they didn’t return to the highest 40 till they launched their 1986 single “That Was Then, This Is Now” — one other atypical Monkees tune. 

After Changes, the Monkees wouldn’t launch an album of recent materials till 1987’s Pool It! At that time, the Monkees had been extra of a nostalgia act than a significant pop group. Since then, their output has been sporadic.

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“That Was Then, This Is Now”

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They launched a single album within the 1990s and two albums within the 2010s, one in all which was their first and solely Christmas album. Although they weren’t probably the most prolific group, the Monkees definitely gave the world some nice hits, in addition to a lot of forgotten gems like “Oh My My.”

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