Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 50

Thread: Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77

  1. #1
    Outraged bystander markwoll's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    1,670

    Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
    -- Aristotle
    Nostalgia, you know, ain't what it used to be. Furthermore, they tells me, it never was.
    "The future will be better tomorrow." Dan Quayle

  2. #2
    Sad. He was my second-fave Monkee after Nesmith.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

  3. #3
    Member mnprogger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    582
    kind of gutted right now as my wife sort of considers The Monkees and their fans as extended family (and I am now too).

    Rest in Peace Peter.

    I just threw something up in the blog
    https://allmediareviews.blogspot.com...eter-tork.html

  4. #4
    RIP.

    On a related note, hopefully this is enough to get Mickey Dolenz to retire from performing. I caught one of their recent concerts on AXS and he was horrible.
    The White Zone is for loading and unloading only. If you got to load or unload go to the White Zone.

  5. #5
    Member Vic2012's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    La Florida
    Posts
    3,547
    RIP

  6. #6
    Highly Evolved Orangutan JKL2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    9,234
    Loved watching The Monkees TV show back in the day. RIP, Peter was always a funny guy.

  7. #7
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    807
    Originally, Peter and Mike were the only true musicians. There's one episode of the show which sticks out in my memory. During the obligatory performance at the end, Mickey did nothing except sitting at the amps tweaking the settings.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

  8. #8
    Oh dear, I was one of those "deep cuts" Monkees fans... we have quite a few here and I'm sure they'll be checking in.

    Time to post the songs with his vocals



    Last edited by Garden Dreamer; 02-21-2019 at 02:16 PM.
    "Moustache stays right where it's at" - Clutch

  9. #9
    One of many "alternative vocal" takes from the Monkees canon...

    "Moustache stays right where it's at" - Clutch

  10. #10
    Pikachupacabra spellbound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Eastern Sierra
    Posts
    1,082
    Rest in peace, Peter.

  11. #11
    Peter Tork.
    The deliverer of my favourite line in Head, my favourite film.

    “Oh hello officer, certainly glad to see you”.

  12. #12
    Also responsible for one of my favourite tunes. All in under two minutes.
    Somewhere and somehow between the Beach Boys and Voivod.

    https://youtu.be/_sPBylUhwEQ

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Philadelphia Area
    Posts
    951
    So sad. That makes two gone now


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  14. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Sad. He was my second-fave Monkee after Nesmith.
    I was always partial to both Mike and Peter..

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    167
    Quote Originally Posted by happytheman View Post
    I was always partial to both Mike and Peter..
    Saddened by this. Even more repulsed though as I just went to his Wikipedia page and someone had added a disgusting image to the page. Hopefully, it’s gone by now. What’s wrong with people!

  16. #16
    Member since March 2004 mozo-pg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    8,863
    Yes - very sad. Big part of my childhood.

    Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk

  17. #17
    The Monkees was definitely offbeat. As a youg kid, you had the Monkees on TV and also The Beatles cartoon. You might remember Zappa's appearance on The Monkees....



    "And your little sister's immaculate virginity wings away on the bony shoulders of a young horse named George who stole surreptitiously into her geography revision."

    Occasional musical musings on https://darkelffile.blogspot.com/

  18. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Originally, Peter and Mike were the only true musicians.
    Depends on what you mean by "true musician". I believe I read Mickey had been in a band as a teenager, and Davy already had released a couple single as a solo artist.
    During the obligatory performance at the end, Mickey did nothing except sitting at the amps tweaking the settings.
    I think that's Love Is Only Sleeping you're talking about. Mickey may have a relative novice as a musician, but he quickly learned how to play drums, at least well to do it live. Watch the Circle Sky sequence in Head. That's the four of them, playing live, no backup musicians, and to the best of my knowledge, no overdubs. Mickey sounds pretty damn good for a guy who'd only been playing drums for about 2 years.

    Mickey also the synthesizer on Daily Nightly. OK, so anyone could have run their hands up and down the keyboard and gotten relatively similar results, but the fact the matter it wasn't just anyone, it was Mickey. And I think I'm correct in saying that Mickey was probably one of the first, if not the first, musician to be seen playing (ok, miming on) a Moog on television, when that clip aired on the show. Of course, since The Monkees were "just bubblegum" anyone who would have cared probably never saw it.

    Peter said once that it was actually Stephen Stills who auditioned. He and Stills had been buddies, and the two of them were kinda known for looking alike, somewhat, within their circle. Anyway, Stills auditioned and was told, "You're perfect, but your hair and teeth aren't right. Do you know someone who looks like you, but his hair and teeth are right?". Peter pauses, and says, "I've since had my teeth fixed", but apparently Stills suggested that Rafelson and Schneider get in touch with Peter. I think Mike was the only band member who came from the open audition casting call they did. And since we're talking about it, Charles Manson did not audition for The Monkees. He was still a guest of the state of California at the time, so he couldn't have auditioned.

    Back to Peter: one of my favorite episodes is one where he falls in love with a girl. Davy seems chagrined that Peter gets the "romantic plotline" this time, and Peter responds, "Cheer up, Davy! You can't get the girl every week!". The show was a lot more satirical than I think most people realize. It was just "a dumb sitcom", they were making fun of television, of sitcoms, of youth culture, and the group's very "pre-fab" origins.

    I also love the bit in Head where he gets upset about punching a woman, and he gets into a big argument with Bob Rafelson over it.

    About 12 years, I saw Peter perform with his solo band. He did a lot of Monkees songs, though not too many that he himself sung, I dont' think, other than Auntie Grizelda (which he apparently hates, even though he wrote it), along with a few new songs. Afterwards he signs autographs. So, when my turn comes, I step up to the table and I say, "Head is one of my all time favorite movies". Without missing a beat, Peter says, "You have a sick mind, my friend!".

  19. #19
    Highly Evolved Orangutan JKL2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    9,234
    Yeah, the Monkees TV show and the Beatles cartoon went hand in hand. Also the Jackson Five cartoon, although I think that might have been a little later.

  20. #20
    Very sad day. I still enjoy a lot of their music. I saw Mike, Peter, and Mickey the last tour out here. So much fun. A friend of mine played with Peter in Marin. The TV show was a big part of my youth. Silly fun. I love the Head soundtrack and watch the crazy film now and again. The recent album, Good Times, is a fine one. Peter seemed like a really nice guy. Thanks for all the music and enjoyment. RIP.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  21. #21
    Don't forget Peter's song on the TV special, "33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee " --

    "Moustache stays right where it's at" - Clutch

  22. #22
    Member bigjohnwayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Providence, RI
    Posts
    158


    Requiescat In Pace

  23. #23
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Kalamazoo Michigan
    Posts
    3,178
    A local Casino has been advertising a show by The Monkees later in the spring, but it is just Nesmith and Dolenz which I thought was strange. Now I know why. RIP Peter Tork.

  24. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Kalamazoo Michigan
    Posts
    3,178
    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Depends on what you mean by "true musician". I believe I read Mickey had been in a band as a teenager, and Davy already had released a couple single as a solo artist.


    I think that's Love Is Only Sleeping you're talking about. Mickey may have a relative novice as a musician, but he quickly learned how to play drums, at least well to do it live. Watch the Circle Sky sequence in Head. That's the four of them, playing live, no backup musicians, and to the best of my knowledge, no overdubs. Mickey sounds pretty damn good for a guy who'd only been playing drums for about 2 years.
    d!".
    Also check out Youtube clips from the "Justus" tour in the 80's. It was just the four of them with no extra musicians.

  25. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    A local Casino has been advertising a show by The Monkees later in the spring, but it is just Nesmith and Dolenz which I thought was strange. Now I know why. RIP Peter Tork.
    They were doing that last summer. Mickey and Mike played here together, billed as "The Monkees: The Mike And Mickey Show" or something like that. Unfortunately, I lost track of when the show was happening and missed it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •