Results for - The Monkees Versus The Sex Pistols: Hear Me Out On This...!

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If I could remember the writer who made the comparison that inspired this survey, credit would given to whom it's due. I still believe it's a point worth considering though.

1. The Monkees were a U.S. band created by television prodicers in 1966 to piggyback on the success of the British bands who invaded North America's pop music consciousness a couple years earlier. The Beatles were especially influential on the development of The Monkees, both as a band and TV show, because of their having conquered both music and movies with A Hard Day's Night and Help!. The directorial style of The Monkees' show was also influenced by the quick cut camera work of the live action adaptation of Batman comics that became a hit in '66. Either as a band and/or sitcom, have you ever enjoyed The Monkees?

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This is the first i've known of the band and their show.
291 votes

2. Ten years later, English fashion and music impressario Malcolm McLaren put together The Sex Pistols to cross promote, kind of, a Lomdon boutque he co-owned. The band also took advantage of musical and sociopolitical disaffection among British youth that would culminate in that their nation's mid-'70's punk rock explosion. The purposefully provocative band achieved nigh instanteneous notoriety and succes in their homeland but would implode on a U.S. tour in early '78 (reforming for a reunion tour, on which I saw them, in the mid-'90's). Were youi ever one to have enjoyed The Sex Pistols?

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This is the first I've known of them.
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3. Though dissimilar in many ways, The Monkees and The Sex P:istols share key commonalities. Each band made a movie (the former's Head, the latter's The Great Rock "N Roll Swindle), and have some punkiness about them. Though portrayed as clean-cut, happy go lucky young men in their show, The Monkees recorded at least one song so punk, "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" (the flipside of their "I'm a Belever" single), that it merited notice by author Mike Markesich in his authoritative book about U.S. '60's garage rock (or '60's punk), Teen Beat Mayherm!, as punk-adjacent. The 'Pistols must have thought so, too, as they recorded it for their movie's soundtrack. Would you ever have thought of The Monkees as at all punk?

Yes, sure.
218 votes
No, not really.
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281 votes
I've not heard either band's music.
280 votes

4. Commercial success for both acts' members after their bands broke up has been mixed at best, Monkee Michael Nesmith (he w/ the wooly cap) hit big with The First National Band on 1970's "Joanne"; Davy Jones (the English one), Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz wouldn't see much chart action until they reformed a Nesmith-free Monkees in 1986 to capitalize on MTV's rebroadcast of their show. 'Pistols' singer Johnny Rotteh (nee' Lydon) would venture into aesthetically challenging post-punk with the long-lived Public Image Ltd. (PIL), but other members' subsequent bands, such as The Professionals and The Rich Kids, remain relative footnotes to their former cohort's fame and infamy. Would you have thought that more former Monkees and Sex Pistols would have had greater success after their previous bands' fame?

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Not caring/I've not heard either band to know how good or not they were in the first place.
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5. Some while ago I read a writer remark that, in so far as their being a manufacted band, The Sex Pistols were The Monkees of English '70's punk rock. Would you agree wth that (derogatorily delivered) assessment?

Yes, and i like The Monkees more than The Sex Pistols.
482 votes
Yes, and i like The Sex Pistols more than The Monkees.
97 votes
Yes, and I like both bands about equally.
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646 votes
I still haven't heard either or both bands and don't care/am in no position to judge.
433 votes
08/13/2020 Music 2649 52 By: jlrake


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