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New Monkees - What I Want
January 1, 2009
You love them or you hate them or you may not know who the hell they are.
Back in 1,986 in order to cash in on the resurgence of the popularity of The Monkees due to MTV re-airing the episodes on their 20 year reunion. Straybert Productions, headed by Steve Blauner along with the other producers of the original show, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, held an American Idol type of audition in both New York City and Los Angeles to re-create the Monkee magic. The New Monkees consisted of Larry Saltis, Jared Chandler, Dino Kovas and Marty Ross. I was only familiar with Marty Ross at the time because of him being a member of a popular group, The Wigs. This New Monkees television show was sold and aired in syndication, unlike the original Monkees television show that aired on NBC during the primetime slot. This could have been one reason of the lack of the popularity for the group and the show. Another reason may be that many fans of the Monkees show did not warm up to these guys. Their situation was not helped when Micky, Davy and Peter publicly blasted them at every interview given in 1,986 and 1,987. Dont get me wrong, I am a Monkees fan. But, wouldn't it have been great to see a cage match between these guys two made for TV bands. Sans Mike Nesmith, of course! Ha! Ha! Monkees jokes, I cant get enough!
Hey! The New Monkees did do an episode where they were in Sumu wrestler outfits! It could have happened!
Personally, I like their sound. In this video, much of the credit is due to the strong vocals from Larry Saltis and Marty Ross and a catchy hook for a chorus. It is good, 80's pop music and very comparable to others in that era. Damn! Am I from an era now? Regardless, free your mind and give these guys a listen.
Sorry, there is not more detail for this song. I could not find any official website or discography for the New Monkees. However, the CD is available for sale on eBay and on Amazon.