Thursday, March 1, 2012

Farewell, Davey Jones

I can't remember the first time I watched The Monkees; I was so young, that those memories are vague. But I always enjoyed their music, and Davey Jones was my favorite back then. Although I later came to appreciate Mike Nesmith's art-rock sensibilities, I never lost affection for Davey Jones.  It helped that he saw himself as an entertainer and never displayed the bitterness and outsize ego of David Cassidy and some other pop stars of that era.  He was always willing to laugh at himself and let us enjoy him as a nostalgia act. He famously guest starred as himself on an episode of The Brady Bunch, and later riffed on that bit in The Brady Bunch Movie.  This is perhaps my favorite Davey Jones performance:

1 comment:

Tim Morrissey said...

It seemed Davey was always cheerful and able to laugh at himself, and as you pointed out, none of that huge fame went to his head. RIP