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"(theme from) The Monkees"
(Boyce—Hart)
That Was Then, This Is Now
1986 sleeve

Alternate titles
 
 

"Tema dei Monkees"
"Monkee's Theme"
"Monkees' Theme"

Composers
 

Tommy Boyce
Bobby Hart

Producers
 
 

Tommy Boyce
Bobby Hart
Jack Keller

Publisher

Screen Gems–Columbia Music, Inc.

Performance rights

BMI
 

Album

The Monkees

"Tema dei Monkees"
Single by the Monkees
Tema dei Monkees

Arranger

Nistri (Italian translation)

A-side

"Valleri"

Release date

1968

Label

RCA Italiana

Country

Italy

Catalog no.

45N 1546

Album

Monkee Business (1982)

Preceded by
     b/w

"Daydream Believer"
"Goin' Down"

"Monkee's Theme"
Single by the Monkees

A-side

"Last Train to Clarksville"

Release date

1973

Label

Flashback Records

Country

United States

Catalog no.
 

FLB 70
AFS 9118 (reissue)

Preceded by
     b/w

"Steam Engine"
"Rainbows"

Followed by
     b/w

"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"I'm a Believer"

"Monkee's Theme"
Single by the Monkees

A-side

"Daydream Believer"

Release date

July 1976

Label

Arista Records

Country

United States

Catalog no.

AS 0201

Album

Greatest Hits

Preceded by
 
     b/w

"I Love You (and I'm Glad That I Said It)"
"Savin' My Love for You"

Followed by
     b/w

"Christmas Is My Time of Year"
"White Christmas"

Single by the Monkees

A-side

"That Was Then, This Is Now"

Release date

June 1986

Label

Arista Records

Country

United States

Catalog no.

AS1-9505

Album
 

Then & Now... The Best of the Monkees

Preceded by
     b/w

"Valleri"
"A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You"

Followed by
     b/w

"Daydream Believer"
"Randy Scouse Git"

"Monkees' Theme"
Single by the Monkees

B-side

"The Girl I Knew Somewhere"

Release date

1994

Label

Collectables

Country

United States

Catalog no.

COL 0387

Preceded by
     b/w

"Last Train to Clarksville"
"It's Nice to Be with You"

Followed by
     b/w

"I'm a Believer"
"Words"

"(Theme from) The Monkees" was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as the theme song to the television series The Monkees, opening every episode. A different version of the song opened The Monkees' first album, The Monkees, for which stereo and mono mixes were issued.

Though originally released only as an album track in the United States, it was released as a single in Australia in August 1967, backed with "Saturday's Child". Its first appearance as a single in the U.S. was on Bell's Flashback imprint as the B-side to a reissue of "Last Train to Clarksville" in 1973. The song was also included as the B-side of 1986's "That Was Then, This Is Now" single.

LA Times has included it in an article about the "price" of a variety of songs and places its "monetary value" at over $120,000.[http:// http://bit.ly/146s2Ph -link]

Studio MixesEdit

In the fall of 1965, before The Monkees had even been cast, Boyce and Hart recorded a version of the theme song, which was used in the series pilot alongside their recordings of "Let's Dance On" and two versions of "I Wanna Be Free".

The first version of the song recorded by the Monkees took place in 1966, produced by Boyce and Hart. It would remain unused during the Colgems era. Boyce and Hart produced a third session on 5 July 1966, which would result in the album version of the song, with the Monkees recording their vocals two weeks later. The Boyce- and Hart-produced TV version of the song was recorded on 6 August 1966. All recordings took place at RCA Victor Studios.

Due to Italian television rules that required theme songs to be performed in Italian, Micky Dolenz recorded a version of the song with Italian lyrics, titled "Tema dei Monkees " which was also released as an album track and as a single in Italy. The Italian translation is credited to "Nistri", possibly Carlo Nistri, who was a producer at RCA Italiana at the time of the Monkees.[1]

creditsEdit

early version

vocals: Micky Dolenz, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
bass: Larry Taylor
drums: Billy Lewis
percussion: Gene Estes (tambourine)

album version

vocals: Micky Dolenz (lead); Wayne Erwin, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart (backing)
guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, Louie Shelton
bass: Larry Taylor
organ: Bobby Hart
drums: Billy Lewis
percussion: Gene Estes (tambourine)

TV version

vocals: Micky Dolenz
guitar: Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee
bass: Larry Taylor
drums: Billy Lewis
percussion: Gene Estes (tambourine)

mono early versionEdit

mono album versionEdit

stereo album versionEdit

mono TV versionEdit

Tema dei Monkees — single versionEdit

Tema dei Monkees — album versionEdit

backing trackEdit

LyricsEdit

album versionEdit

Here we come
Walkin' down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
To put anybody down

We go wherever we want to
Do what we like to do
We don't have time to get restless
There's always something new

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
To put anybody down
We're just tryin' to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We're the young generation
And we've got somethin' to say

Anytime
Or anywhere
Just look over your shoulder
Guess who'll be standin' there

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
To put anybody down

Whaa! One time!

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

And people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
To put anybody down
We're just tryin' to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We're the young generation
And we've got somethin' to say Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
Hey, hey, we're the Monkees...

TV versionEdit

Here we come
Walkin' down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
And people say we monkey around
But we're too busy singin'
To put anybody down
We're just tryin' to be friendly
Come and watch us sing and play
We're the young generation
And we've got somethin' to say

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees
You never know where we'll be found
So you better get ready
We may be comin' to your town

Tema dei MonkeesEdit

Ecco qua
passiamo noi
e la gente ci guarda
ed ammir con voi

Ci chiamano i Monkees
e siamo meno matti di chi
si crede più intelligente
di noi che la pensiamo cosí

Dovunque parliamo
non è giusto mai
c'è sempre qualcuno che
ne sa più di noi

Ci chiamano i Monkees
e siamo meno matti di chi
si crede più intelligente
di noi che la pensiamo cosí

Ci chiamano i Monkees
Ci chiamano i Monkees
Ci chiamano i Monkees...

See AlsoEdit

Around the WebEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Discografia Nazionale della canzone italiana

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