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Beatles and Monkees

Fans of '60s pop music will all recall the Beatles; they were a global
phenomenon, "more popular than Jesus" in the ill-starred John Lennon's
phrase. Such fans will also probably remember the Monkees, a made-for-
TV band that often did not record their own material (think of a cross
between New Kids on the Block and Milli Vanilli, if that's not too dated a
reference). The Beatles' work holds up well and can be heard on many
a radio today; the Monkees' work likewise is an AM staple. In their day,
the Beatles were enormous and influential, but that takes nothing away
from the Monkees--I have seen a poster advertising a concert at which
Jimi Hendrix opened for them.

All of this preamble is a means to a point: that successful originals beget
copies, and that some of those copies receive backing from the major
media and become successful themselves. Successful or not, they're still
copies, and no one would try to hold up "Last Train to Clarksville" against
"Day Tripper". Below is a list of Beatles and their Monkees; readers are
encouraged to send examples of their own to docamazing@fastmail.fm.
     
  Beatles  
Monkees
New Edition
Truman Capote
streetcorner taquerias
Anchor Steam
Fredericks of Hollywood
Swatch
Hunter S. Thompson
Apple
hardwood
Poppy Z. Brite
Evian
Palm
K-Mart
The Gong Show
Jack Daniels
coffee houses
La Femme Nikita
George H.W. Bush
The Offspring
Bill Hicks
Too $hort
Laura Ingraham
Nashville, TN
Elton John

 

New Kids on the Block
Tom Wolfe
Chipotle
Sam Adams
Victoria’s Secret
Fossil
P.J. O'Rourke
Microsoft
Pergo
Anne Rice
Dasani
Handspring
Wal-Mart
American Idol
George Dickels
Starbucks
Alias
George W. Bush
Good Charlotte
Dennis Miller
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Ann Coulter
Branson, MO
Sir Elton John
 
 


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