Ward Sutton recalls an ’80s Monkees revival tour for SPIN with touching detail. Actually, this is a rerun of an old Sutton cartoon, we’re told.

In addition to being a nice tribute to Davy Jones, we’re impressed with a) how quickly Sutton turned this around after Jones’ sad death yesterday and even more impressively, b) how quickly he found a ticket stub from 1986. An organized hoarder? We must take notes.


  1. Today I was about 10 seconds into I’M A BELIEVER –I said to myself, “oh yeah- Davy Jones just died!”

    I had run the song thoughtlessly, because I simply wanted to hear it.

    I don’t what more tribute and respect I could have offered the band.

  2. That was nice, and as much as the sentiment is appreciated, it’s clear he doesn’t know much about the Monkees. First, he spelled the man’s name “Davey”(!!)… then makes the comment that the record company controlled them, “but sometimes the Monkees got their way,” as shown by the “head” LP cover. The Monkees got their own way WAY before “head” – they insisted upon, and got, complete control over their music as soon as the third album, “Headquarters” – even to the point they played mostly all of the instruments. THEN goes on to say of ‘head,’ “unfortunately the film flopped and their careers soon ended,” as if there were a correlation between those two events… in reality, not so much.

    But, as I say… nice to post the tribute.

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