The Monkees: why I'm a believer in their perfect pop

The death of Davy Jones should give us pause to remember that the Monkees were one of the great groups of the 1960s

all three groups were inspirational but all equally seemed unattainable, otherworldly

The Monkees were the exact opposite. Two or three generations of musicians will have grown up watching their show on Saturday mornings

But, for a calculated post-Beatles cash-in, the group was manufactured in a particularly perverse way

The cute guy (Davy) could only play tambourine, while the best singer (Micky) was sat behind a drumkit. They weren't even especially good looking

Before 1967 was out, they toyed with the idea of recording a whole album of Harry Nilsson songs (the tremendous Cuddly Toy was all that surfaced