Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cool Stuff Week, Day 2: More of the Monkees!

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Cool Stuff Week continues with more Monkees memorabilia and collectibles!
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First one out of the gate today is this unique Monkees record that was printed on the back of a cereal box! I'm not sure what the brand of cereal was that this came on, but this was a popular thing for the cereal companies to do for a short time. Not only were there Monkees records produced this way, but also Archies and Banana Splits, and later, on Post Sugar Crisp Cereal, they even had the "Sugar Bears" recording records for these (of course, this was an entirely made-up group for the commercials, with Sugar Bear in the lead spot).

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Here's a nifty Monkees alarm clock!

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Here's another Monkees card I should've included in yesterday's post!

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Check this poster out for a live Monkees concert in Buffalo, NY! Not only did you get to see the Monkees, but also Paul Revere and the Raiders, for only $8.50! What a deal!

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This Monkees concert poster was even more of a deal, wasn't it? As you can see, Peter Tork is missing from this poster. Right after the TV special 33 1/3 Monkees Per Revolution (I think that was the title) was recorded, Peter quit the group, and it was Mike, Micky and Davy performing as a group for a short time before Mike also left the group, leaving the Monkees as a duo until Micky and Davy gave up on the group. Of course, they'd later reunite, although it was mostly Micky, Davy and Peter, with very, very rare appearances by Mike!

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Monkees Halloween costume!

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Judging from the photo, this must've been a poster for one of the earliest Monkees concerts!

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No sure what songs were included in this Monkees song book, although I know that at least for the first couple of albums, they did songbooks for each album.

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Publicity shot of the Monkees with the Emmy awards received for the show!

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Monkees fan button!

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Monkees Flip Movies! I'd love to get some of these and scan 'em to create gifs or even short videos.

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Here's a foreign edition of one of the Monkees trading cards!

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Tippy Teen was Tower Comics' answer to Archie and other characters like that. As you can see, the Monkees got cover-featured on this issue of the spin-off Go-Go and Animal!

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This ad should leave no doubt as to why the Monkees used exclusively Gretsch instruments, at least in the early days... so they could advertise that fact!

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Next, here's the Japanese poster for the Monkees movie Head. If you're familiar with the US version, you'll probably agree that this poster tells way more about the movie than the US poster did!

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More Monkees buttons!

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Here's a still from Head.

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This booklet, "The Monkees: Here We Are", appears to be a promotional booklet that was included in an issue of 16 Magazine.

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Next, here's the Monkees in an ad for Kool-Aid!

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I'm intrigued by this "Learn to Play Like the Monkees Play" book, especially given that when this was produced, Micky was still learning how to play the drums, and had been mostly faking it for the show!

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This ad that appeared in Tiger Beat, the main competitor to 16 Magazine, offered sunglasses that the Monkees supposedly wore on the show, but I don't remember those at all!

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The Beatles had their Beatles Monthly fan magazine, and the Monkees did as well! Here's a gallery of covers from that magazine.
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Well, a mini-gallery, anyway!

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Here's the songbook from the Monkees second album, and I can attest that these were pretty good songbooks... not only were the guitar chords and lyrics included, directions for the lead guitar part were also included!

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Monkeemobile patch!

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Monkees playing cards! I think you can agree with me that it's a good thing that this wasn't used as the style for a Monkees animated series, because it really didn't capture them that well!monkees_playingcards1
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Although there never was a Monkees episode that had them going to Hawaii, this does look like it could've been a scene from it, don't you think?

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Here's another couple of Monkees puzzles!

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This Monkees puzzle was produced much, much later, I think the picture was used for a compilation album of kid-friendly Monkees songs in the 1980s.


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Was there anything popular in pop culture in the 1960s that didn't get the Flicker Ring treatment?

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Here's a Monkees shirt based on the cover art for their fourth album, I believe.

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Colgems did this promotional ad for the first Monkees single!

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I think the Monkees Monthly magazine was only produced for the UK, so in the United States, Tiger Beat picked up the slack with the Monkees Spectacular title!
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It would be interesting, I think, for all of these issues to be collected in book form, along with end notes for each article talking about how factual each one was.

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Here's a whole mess of promotional photos and stills! How many episodes can you identify from the photos alone?

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Here's a couple of other magazines cover-featuring the Monkees!

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Monkees Thermos!

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Monkees tokens!

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Monkees TV Magazine, looks like it was published during the Monkees revival in popularity in the 1980s.

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Monkees View-Master set!

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And finally, here's a Monkees wallet!

Tomorrow... non-Monkees items!

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