How did the personae of The Monkees change in the second half of the faux-band’s initial 1966–1970 incarnation? Collectively and individually, what elements changed? Which ones for the better, which for the worse? How might the course of the band been affected with a needed persona intervention?
Consider their humor, acting chops, lip-syncing abilities, social relevance, clothing, hair, and overall Look. Discussion of each members’ musical contributions, real or pretend, is optional.
Post-Monkees activities, such as Peter Tork’s folk-blues career, Davey’s death, and Mike’s taste in producing works by other artists, are not open to consideration. Likewise, Mickey’s greased-back, balding man’s ponytail is not open for this particular examination.
Because I am not anywhere near an expert on the band, I will ask that Townspeople step forward and take the lead in guiding this discussion. You may link to informative videos, photographs, interviews, etc. Along with HVB, I SUMMON likely Monkees experts, including Andyr, mockcarr, bostonhistorian, and alexmagic. If you’ve been holding out on your Monkees analysis skills, here’s your chance to shine.
Following is as good a starting point in dissecting the band members’ personae as I can think: Hollywood’s first glimpses of these figures.