Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Monkee Business in `Boy Meets World'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Monkee Business in `Boy Meets World'

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'Boy Meets World' When: 7:30 tonight Where: Channel 30

THEY MAY look like the Monkees. They may act like the Monkees. But hey, hey, for these Monkees - Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones - the Friday night episode of "Boy Meets World" offers no opportunity for them to really monkey around.

Sound confusing? It gets even more complicated. The trio will be singing on the popular ABC teen sitcom, but fans won't be hearing such Monkees standards as "The Last Train to Clarksville" or "Daydream Believer." Instead, Dolenz, Jones and Tork will perform the traditional pop songs "My Girl" and "Not Fade Away."

"I've sung Monkees songs all my life," quips Tork, 53, between chomps of a candy bar on the "Boy Meets World" set in Hollywood. "I had almost forgotten how (to sing other songs). I have never sung anything else in 30 years. In the shower, I sing nothing but Monkees songs. The same songs over and over. I sing all the parts. That's all I ever sing."

Well, not really. In fact, Tork released his own album this year, "Stranger Things Have Happened." "It's kind of middle-of-the-road, up pop," he says. "Micky and (ex-Monkee) Mike Nesmith sing backup on a couple of songs. If it isn't available in your local record store, you can get it by calling 1-800-Not-Ribs-0!"

In the "Rave On" episode, Cory (Ben Savage) and Eric (Will Fredel) enlist the help of three of their parents' friends (guess who?) after their plans to combine an underground party and a surprise wedding anniversary party backfire.

"I was in the show last year playing the same character," says Tork, who plays Jedidiah, the father of Cory's love interest, Topanga (Danielle Fishel). Dolenz also has previously been on the series as family friend Gordy.

"My thing is I am, like, some guy who shows up (that) the parents had met 20 years ago," offers Jones, 49. "I sort of, like, house crash."

It's been 29 years since "The Monkees" series premiered on NBC as America's answer to the Beatles. The series, which won an Emmy for outstanding comedy, made overnight stars of Jones, Tork, Dolenz and Nesmith. Though criticized for not playing their own instruments on their first two albums, the Monkees' records went through the roof.

The series was canceled in 1968 and the group disbanded not long after that. The Monkees, sans Nesmith, had a renaissance in 1986 when MTV began airing reruns of the series.

Monkees mania still exists: The three recently appeared with Ringo Starr on a Pizza Hut commercial and Rhino Home Video has just released a $400 video set containing all 58 episodes of "The Monkees. …

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