It is hard to overstate the case for the former Tin Pan Alley songwriters from the very late fifties and sixties before they began writing for Don Kirshner’s bubblegum song factory and, with the exception of the more occasional Neil Diamond, wrote and sang the songs on The Monkees debut and when the Monkees were cast the Boyce-Hart music remained but the vocals were overdubbed causing a huge controversy and the real reason Boyce And Hart were let go.
So the 5th and 6th Monkee wouldn’t be in the Hall Of Fame if Monkees one to four failed to make it. But the Songwriting Hall Of Fame, what took so long? Proof of the Monkees, if not Kirshner’s, love of the duo is evident in the 1970s supergroup Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, and Hart.
The band broke up, the duo broke up, made up, and might still being doing except Tommy Boyce commited suicide at the age of 55 in 1994.
Is that enough of a reason to add them to Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame? Look, if all Boyce and Hart had ever done was write one of the great protest songs masked as a sad farewell (“Last Train To Clarksville”, they would deserve it. But in their career they recorded over 300 songs and sold 45M copies. Those numbers are huge. And the songs are perfect pop-rock equations, an algebraic sense of how pop works. Let’s get them in there.
ear candy trap
Ye’s hatred of Jews is well beyond a bi-polar by product
even by her through the roof skills the three singles we’ve heard have been masterpieces…
Graphic Novel “Merriment”, Written by Joe Steinhardt and Illustrated by Marissa Paternoster, Reviewed
an extended metaphor for Joe and Marissa’s friendship
worse than I remembered it being
Noah’s only song worth your while has taken over
Sometimes this sound is called Black Americana but it is just Tomas being Tomas
I’ve been wrong before