R.I.P. Davy Jones of The Monkees

You’ve probably heard the sad news by now that 60’s teen heartthrob Davy Jones, leader of The Monkees, died today at age 66. Although the band was formed as what we’d consider today as a marketing ploy, a sort of Americanized Beatles, their appeal grew astronomically, and young girls and boys all around the country would run home from school just to watch Davy and the band on TV. While they wrote few songs of their own, they placed an enduring mark on a number of pop songs they covered from others, making them so recognizably theirs that you’d most likely say “That’s a Monkees song” when you hear them. Gathered here are songs written by others, including Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, and Carole King, and performed by many others, as diverse a list of fans Paul Westerberg, The Wedding Present, Goblin Cock, Weezer and The Polyphonic Spree, yet all of these songs inevitably and ultimately are “Monkees songs.” Rest in peace, Davy.

The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Shonen Knife – Daydream Believer

Paul Westerberg – Daydream Believer

The Monkees – I’m A Believer

Neil Diamond – I’m A Believer

Weezer – I’m A Believer

Harry Nilsson – Cuddly Toy

The Monkees – Cuddly Toy

Ben Gibbard with Ira Elliot and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf – Cuddly Toy

The Monkees – Porpoise Song

The Polyphonic Spree – Porpoise Song

Goblin Cock (Rob Crow) – Porpoise Song

The Church – Porpoise Song

Yo La Tengo – “I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog” and “Take a Giant Step”

They Might Be Giants – What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ ‘Round

The Wedding Present – Pleasant Valley Sunday

The Standells – Last Train To Clarksville

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