The Monkees Cybrary Reading Room

2-April-12

Hey, Hey

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 11:36 am

Love this article by Amy Lawrence over at the Manufacturing Business Technology site.

I mean, how can you not like an article about how customer service can affect a company’s sales that starts off like this:

Over the summer, I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream — I met the Monkees.

Ms. Lawrence goes on to make some great points about how price, quality and customer service all play into making a sale, but for her, great customer service is key. But it’s the Monkees tie-in that really makes the article stand out, IMO.

She makes the point that one reason the Monkees have lasted so long in the business is because they know how to treat their fans. Of course, it’s impossible to please everybody, but our favorite guys have done better than many in that regard. And it shows in their fans’ loyalty.

That’s a lesson a lot of businesses need to learn.

H.T. to my friend Zan for bringing this article to my attention!

30-March-12

They’re Everywhere!

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 10:02 pm

I was just listening to the bluegrass music channel on DirecTV after supper, and within the space of about an hour they played bluegrass versions of Last Train to Clarksville and What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round?

Pretty cool, eh?

My son was surprised to hear Last Train. He couldn’t believe somebody had made a bluegrass version. I told him Monkees songs had been done in almost every musical style you could imagine: bluegrass, jazz, punk. He was even more surprised.

He didn’t even recognize What Am I Doin’ until I pointed it out to him. (But since he’s only 10 and a relatively new Monkee fan, he’s excused… this time.)

15-January-12

Getting The Lads Back Together

Filed under: Monkee Mentions,Recollections — Torka @ 1:06 pm

I recall back when this commercial first came out. Monkeefans were thrilled! See, I grew up in the days when the Prefab 4 getting any sort of respect was rare. It was a fairly new experience for us first and second generation fans back then for our boys to be considered such a well-recognized part of American pop culture. Plus, we were easily thrilled.

Ahh, memories…

Although I’d say Ringo was wrong — they were the right lads after all. 😉

Paul McCartney Sings

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 12:51 pm

Could this be the ultimate Monkee mention? Awesome, totally awesome.

11-January-12

Terrifying English Breathing

Filed under: Monkee Mentions — Torka @ 2:40 pm

This is just too funny… you need to watch the whole thing, really, but pay special attention around the three minute mark or so.

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