Saturday, June 7, 2008

Monkee Business

Three fascinating, and totally disconnected, facts I heard today relating to the sixties pop group The Monkees:

Firstly, guitarist Mike Nesmith's mother was the inventor of Tipp-Ex (or SnoPake if you're American);

Secondly, that in the auditions run by the record label to find the four members of the group for the world's first "manufactured boy band", one of the final twelve successful auditions was no other than "Helter Skelter" psychotic multiple murderer Charles Manson;

And thirdly, that although Manson never made it into The Monkees, he did go on to compose with singer Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, one of the group's 'b' side songs.

Fascinating, huh?

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