Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the Fab Four -- the Beatles -- in 1966, television executives dreamed up what wags labeled the "Pre-Fab Four," but which the executives called the Monkees. The Monkees TV series scored such a hit that the concocted TV characters began to actually tour as a band, and achieved six Top Ten hits. Hey Hey We're the Monkees is a 1997 retrospective documentary that traces the career path of the band from its sitcom origins all the way to Justus, the album released 25 years after the Monkees' heyday. In interviews, Monkees Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones make the point that they did indeed play their own instruments, contrary to the gossip of the day. Each band member also reveals his favorite television episode. Program highlights include screen tests and performance footage from the combo's early days, as well as a solo Nesmith performance.
band [music group], pop-music, retrospective, sitcom