In this episode we take apart one of our favorites – Success Story – which involved Davy’s grandfather visiting Los Angeles and discovering that he had not yet become successful, so it was time to return to England and the real world. It brings a pang to most Monkees – and all Davy’s fans – because the goodbye scene enacted all those years ago became the clip all the newscasters chose to use when Davy Jones died in real life, and therefore became the first one to leave the group.
It’s always fun to look at the times in which a piece of media was made, how that affected the way the story was digested then – and how changes across time affect the way the story is seen in concurrent generations. The Monkees is quite a rich show for the kind of sociological slicing Sarah and I give it each episode.
Hope you enjoy listening!
Zilch is back! “SUCCESS STORY”-Monkees news and Mailbag. MONKEES 101 looks at the episode “Success Story” and the times around it,
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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.
Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.
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