Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Talking Monkees Doll

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I’ve never seen one of these that worked properly or where the heads stood up straight but still it’s one of the most prized collectibles of  Monkees memorabilia. Although I loved the just-ingested-mushrooms quality of their TV show and the supreme popiness of the records, I never had a favorite Monkee as my head was buried so deeply in Motown. 

When I co-wrote The Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You”, we were told to write something Monkees-ish. The Last Train To Clarksville definitely pulled into the station during those sessions.

Made by Mattel in 1966, this pull string doll was part of a flood of Monkees merchandising that included small rubber dolls with weird pajama feet, hard and soft lunch boxes, games, Monkee Mobiles, cufflinks, comic books and more. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones were everywhere that year, not the least of which was on the shelves in my bedroom.

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Not sure what the hand stitched surgery was meant to heal but probably involved efforts to restore vocal cords. 

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I’ve never seen one of these that worked or where the heads stood up straight but still it’s one of the most prized collectibles among Monkees memorabilia. Although I loved the just-ingested-mushrooms quality of their TV show and the supreme popiness of the records, I never had a favorite Monkee as my head was buried so deeply in Motown. 
When I co-wrote The Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You”, we were told to write something Monkees-like. The Last Train To Clarksville definitely pulled into the station.
Made by Mattel in 1966 this pull string doll was part of a flood of Monkees merchandising that included small rubber dolls with weird pajama feet, hard and soft lunch boxes, games, Monkee Mobiles, cufflinks, comic books and more. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones were everywhere, not the least of which were the shelves in my bedroom.

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4 Comments

  • Shawn Robare says:

    Oh man, that is one weird toy. The thought of Peter, Davey, Mickey and Mike’s voices coming out of that is kind of scares me. Does it play song snippets or is it conversation from the guys?

  • swiss says:

    I was given this puppet when I was 4 (and 2 Monkees albums) — it was awesome!

  • Ws Msa says:

    amazing stuff thanx:)

  • Dennis Brown says:

    I currrently own 2 of these. One of which speaks perfectly clearly. The “recordings” on the tiny record inside are mainly snippets from the show, and outtakes from recording sessions. There are about 10 phrases.. 2 from Mike 2 from Peter, and 4 each from Davy and Mickey

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