Five Real Reasons the Monkees Don't Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Monkees: Where are their leather pants?

Do the Monkees belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Of course they don't. But not for the reasons Jann Wenner and his cabal of ex-Rolling Stone interns have decreed, which add up to the charge that Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork were members of a fake band dreamed up by TV executives in the mid-'60s. That may be true. But there are other, more compelling factors to consider for the Monkees' snub. In honor of the band concluding its U.S. reunion tour tonight, here are five of them.

5. The Monkees fail the Hall's tiny leather pants test.
If you go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, don't bring a pair of tiny leather pants. They have plenty of them there. Whether they be Mick Jagger's, Prince's, or Bono's, there are so many tiny leather pants on view at the Rock Hall, you might think you walked into a dry cleaners for kinky 5-year-olds. And it sort of is, if you begin to ponder the institution's purpose. When I visited the Rock Hall in 2005, I left convinced the place was set up primarily to celebrate the union of hedonism and handicrafts. So unless Davy Jones went through a heretofore unreported ironic rock star phase -- à la Bono's the Fly -- then the Monkees have simply failed this basic test for entry.


4. The Monkees confound Lennie Small.
It's a good question: What is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's purpose? If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the Rock Hall is like any other hall of fame, whether for baseball or roadkill: it's about imposing a too-neat historical narrative on a subject that is vastly more interesting than the stuff that fits on a plaque. Halls of fame are not about honoring an idea; they're about seizing control and squeezing the life out of it. Sure, the Rock Hall does this with the best of intentions, like a physically strong but mentally disabled man. So, it's like Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men in that way. ("Oh, look, George! I killed it. I killed Little Richard. And all that he stood for.") The Monkees, with their TV pedigree and session musicians, confound Lennie Small's simplistic worldview of infallible idols. So he doesn't take them up in his meat-vice grip. Instead, he reaches for cute and furry Stephen Stills, an inductee who auditioned for the Monkees but was turned down. True story.

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3. For 25 years, Monkees albums have been distributed by the great label Rhino Records.
Which is a prestigious feat that is best left untarnished by a partnership with the Rock Hall's gift shop.

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Mwshehan
Mwshehan

The Monkees are deserving.  There is no reason they should be denied.  There is not one inductee who didn't sing a song written by someone else, not one who at times used studio musicians.  They may have been put together for TV but they turned into something much bigger.  As long as the Monkees are kept out of the RRHOF then I consider it a Joke.  a Waste.  Go to a store purhase a Monkees DVD listen to it and then honestly tell me they are not worthy...  When you see the "RRHOF selections up to date" those already inducted and compare them to the Monkees it is a joke.   I know the Monkees were not perfect, but they represented everything good about life, from talking to a girl, to the good guy always winning. I say to hell with the RRHOF...

Bood
Bood

Monkees, Raspberries, Herman's Hermits- all WAY WAY OVERDUE for hall induction,  Jann Wenner is a pompous ass- asymbol of everything rock doesn't stand for!!

Margaret Hall
Margaret Hall

The monkees belong there and so does Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits, who are still performing after 47 or more years,and have thousands of fans.

SandraMonkee
SandraMonkee

Indeed the Monkees were a tv made band..But yall know what so was the beatles, but yet the beatles are in the RHOF. The Monkees have done an outstanding job and are still bigger than the beatles and always will be. The Monkees are loved and adored by many fans.The Monkees deserve to be in the Hall of fame. The Monkees have been through hell and back and are all 4 very talented and deserving. Those that appose dont know anything about the monkees and just want something to go negative about. I say induct the Monkees. They are more deserving than Elvis himself. At least the Monkees dont do drugs like alot of the rock and rollers have done.. and just because the monkees never wore leather pants that doesnt make them any less of a 4some band than anyone else that is in the hall. The hall of fame needs to take a good look at all the fans that the monkees currently have to this day. I interact with quite a few of the fans and there are more monkee fans out there than the Hall of fame realizes.. All 4 monkees shouldnt be ignored because of how they started out. I am sure alot of bands started out with a tv show and went from there. Thats just my opinion. The Monkees touch alot of the fans hearts and are adored by many. Their music goes on for each generation to come.

Pfg
Pfg

I never looked at it that way. Obviously they should not be inducted. What is the hall of fame anyway? Who cares what they think? IF Elvis had not been inducted who his talent have been  any less? The Monkees have stood the test of time. The powers that be at the hall of fame have no power over that.

Kevin Stafford
Kevin Stafford

There are no reasons! I totally agree with Mr. Dobolina! well said! Plus, how many bands have reformed to do a 45th anniversary tour in their upper 60's? Ageless music that still holds the test of time and gee, all the "Well, Davy just banged a tambourine!" BS! He has written many songs and is currently the tour director! Their movie "HEAD" alone should put them in the R&R Hall of Fame!

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

True story: My dad found himself in a casino elevator with the Monkees once. After a typical elevator silence, he asked, "You guys the band?"

Mr. Dobolina
Mr. Dobolina

Clearly, this writer agrees with the rest of us and believes that The Monkees absolutely SHOULD be inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame! C'mon, already, these guys have paid the dues (and, in Peter Tork's case, played the blues) and they should be in that Hall of Fame (sans leather pants, if necessary). We'll all know by tomorrow whether or not Nesmith showed up tonight at the Greek Theatre . . .

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