The Monkees – Daydream Believer

First Hit #1: December 2, 1967

The Monkees, the actual four men who made up the “band” which eventually turned into an actual band, liked nonsense. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Monkees movie Head, which makes absolutely no sense, but it’s also kind of apparent on Daydream Believer, a song that makes progressively less sense the more you listen to it. On first blush, it’s a really quality pop song with a nice arrangement – provided by Peter Tork, no less – so you assume that there’s something there. But on further inspection, it’s almost an expression of how pointless pop lyrics are. This song isn’t about anything, it’s just a bunch of odd non sequiturs that add up to a semi-drowsy exploration of something resembling love. Hell, even the title is something of a cop out, since being about dreams is effectively allowing it to be kind of nonsense. It’s a great song, keep that in mind, but don’t pretend it’s about anything.

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