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A Tribute to Monkee Business Fanzine

By Vixen and ade


Four times a year, back in the good old days, Maggie McManus’s Monkee Business Fanzine would show up in the mailboxes of the faithful. A couple of Maggie’s readers penned these poetic tributes to our favorite, dearly-departed, fab fanzine.

I’m a Subscriber

I thought fans were only true in fairy tales
Well, except for me, and I don’t count
Little Rock was out to get me
Ticketmaster sucks
The concert cancelled all my dreams

Then I opened the mail,
Yeah, I’m a subscriber
More monkee stuff
Than I wanted to find
MBF
I’m a subscriber
And I’ll probably be one ’till I die

I thought the Monkees were more or less a 60’s fad
It seems that no one knew who they were.
Whats the use in searching?
Everyone thinks they’re dead.
People stared at me funny when I asked for "Head"

Then I opened the mail,
Yeah, I’m a subscriber
More monkee stuff
Than I wanted to find.
MBF
I’m a subscriber
And I’ll probably be one untill I die
(Monkee Business, I love it)

Little Rock was out to get me
Ticketmaster sucks
The concert cancelled all my dreams

Then I opened the mail,
Yeah, I’m a subscriber
More monkee stuff
Than I wanted to find
MBF
I’m a subscriber
And I’ll probably be one ’till I die

Yes, opened the mail
I’m a subscriber
More Monkee stuff
Than you want to find

Said I’m a subscriber, yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m a subscriber

–Vixen

St. Maggie

It’s printed onto paper
It’s clarity we seek
It speaks of all the Monkee things
That happened just last week

And reading it I learn things
That I have never known
It’s printed by St. Maggie
And MBF’s her own

She digs deep to gather
The info we demand
And knows that when it’s printed
The masses will be glad

All the writing crisp and clear
Precisely written tome
It’s written by St. Maggie
And MBF’s her own

Part of it is sillyness
And other is just news
But all of it is what we want to read about the guys that we hold dear

She discovered different ways
Of sharing all the fun
Sometimes she must lift her pen
To scratch her weary head

Then suddenly an inspiration
Comes as no surprise
It’s printed by St. Maggie
And MBF’s her own

Part of it is for herself
And part of it’s for us
But most of it is universal for the folks like us who want to read

She’s invented many ways to
Keep us entertained
Through the good days, and the bad days
One thing can be said

Sitting in my favorite stall
I thought of this because
I saw the name St. Maggie on the toilet wall

–ade (who swears she’s just kidding about the toilet wall part)

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