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2013-05-10 10:05:14 AM  
He also built Black Beauty.
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2013-05-10 10:49:33 AM  

Sybarite: He also built Black Beauty.
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Just not that one.
 
2013-05-10 10:58:00 AM  
For a car built on somewhat short notice (not much lead time before it was needed for the show), he built one awesome set of wheels. Even if it did, according to Mike Nesmith, drive like a tank.
 
2013-05-10 11:12:37 AM  
One of the Monkeemobiles was at the Detroit Michael Nesmith concert. We were allowed to sit in it and get our pictures taken. I thought it would be fun to honk the horn. I then proceeded to break the cap off the horn.
 
2013-05-10 11:20:09 AM  

baltimoreblonde: For a car built on somewhat short notice (not much lead time before it was needed for the show), he built one awesome set of wheels. Even if it did, according to Mike Nesmith, drive like a tank.


Was that before or after they disconnected the supercharger, that supposedly made it do wheelies the second you touched the gas.
 
2013-05-10 11:20:10 AM  
There's no way some struggling rock band could have afforded a custom car like that.
 
2013-05-10 11:31:06 AM  
I'm just sayin'.
 
2013-05-10 11:44:05 AM  
He was originally asked to design the Batmobile too, but George Barris ended up doing it.
 
2013-05-10 11:55:39 AM  
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2013-05-10 12:10:54 PM  
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2013-05-10 12:11:35 PM  
The 60's had the coolest cars. The batmobile the black beauty the Mokee mobile and from Detroit the Corvair. Each subsequent decade the cars have gotten progressively worse.
 
2013-05-10 12:12:03 PM  

doczoidberg: I'm just sayin'.


They were not a starving band. They were a concoction. Made up. They were created for the TV show, trying to ride the wave of Beatlemania.

That is all they were. Actors, and likely decently compensated. Tork and Nesmith could play instruments beforehand but they weren't hired as musicians as they had little to nothing to do with writing the songs initially. That came later.
 
2013-05-10 12:14:07 PM  
He's too busy rotting, to put anybody down
 
2013-05-10 12:15:58 PM  

triptheory: doczoidberg: I'm just sayin'.

They were not a starving band. They were a concoction. Made up. They were created for the TV show, trying to ride the wave of Beatlemania.

That is all they were. Actors, and likely decently compensated. Tork and Nesmith could play instruments beforehand but they weren't hired as musicians as they had little to nothing to do with writing the songs initially. That came later.


I think the point was a plot hole in the TV show.  Like Friends and their impossibly nice NYC apartments...
 
2013-05-10 12:20:51 PM  
Triptheory

  Actually, Mike Nesmith had songs on Monkee albums from day one. The problem he  and Tork had was that Kirshner had TOTAL control of what songs went on what album. They did not want to force him entirely out the door because he had a really good sense of what would be a hit; they just wanted more creative control of the band than he was willing to give up. On their own the  Monkees produced multi-million selling albums, as good as those sales were they probably would have been stronger had Kirshner had some say in song selection.

  To hear what they could do on their own you MUST listen to Headquarters. Rolling Stone rates it as one of the albums you must hear before you die.
 
2013-05-10 12:37:11 PM  

Delawheredad: Triptheory

  Actually, Mike Nesmith had songs on Monkee albums from day one. The problem he  and Tork had was that Kirshner had TOTAL control of what songs went on what album. They did not want to force him entirely out the door because he had a really good sense of what would be a hit; they just wanted more creative control of the band than he was willing to give up. On their own the  Monkees produced multi-million selling albums, as good as those sales were they probably would have been stronger had Kirshner had some say in song selection.

  To hear what they could do on their own you MUST listen to Headquarters. Rolling Stone rates it as one of the albums you must hear before you die.


That's not even Michael Nesmith's real hat.
 
2013-05-10 12:44:35 PM  

Shadowtag: He was originally asked to design the Batmobile too, but George Barris ended up doing it.


When I saw the headline I thought it was Barris who had died, then it hit me he didn't do the Monkeemobile. I got to meet Barris once, very cool guy.
 
2013-05-10 12:58:47 PM  

braedan: That's not even Michael Nesmith's real hat.


My Mom knitted it for me.
 
2013-05-10 02:20:39 PM  
He took the last train to Clarksville.
 
2013-05-10 02:36:50 PM  

Delawheredad: The 60's had the coolest cars. The batmobile the black beauty the Mokee mobile and from Detroit the Corvair. Each subsequent decade the cars have gotten progressively worse.


You left out the Munster cars....

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2013-05-10 02:38:45 PM  
He also designed this Fark favorite hot rod

img216.imageshack.us
 
2013-05-10 02:48:02 PM  

Delawheredad: Triptheory

  Actually, Mike Nesmith had songs on Monkee albums from day one. The problem he  and Tork had was that Kirshner had TOTAL control of what songs went on what album. They did not want to force him entirely out the door because he had a really good sense of what would be a hit; they just wanted more creative control of the band than he was willing to give up. On their own the  Monkees produced multi-million selling albums, as good as those sales were they probably would have been stronger had Kirshner had some say in song selection.

  To hear what they could do on their own you MUST listen to Headquarters. Rolling Stone rates it as one of the albums you must hear before you die.


Mickey Dolenz had one of the better voices from that era....he's really underrated as a singer.  Davy Jones was a good singer as well.  And from what the other three members have said over the decades, Mike NeSmith was not the nicest guy around.  In fact, they've pretty much labeled him a douche.

/and didn't he inherit some huge fortune from his mother?
//from the invention of Liquid Paper?
 
2013-05-10 02:55:34 PM  
www.carmk.net
If you look very closely, you will notice a Dean Jeffries custom dunebuggy in this picture.
I haven't been able to find it myself, but I've been told it is there.
 
2013-05-10 02:56:24 PM  

ristst: Delawheredad: Triptheory

  Actually, Mike Nesmith had songs on Monkee albums from day one. The problem he  and Tork had was that Kirshner had TOTAL control of what songs went on what album. They did not want to force him entirely out the door because he had a really good sense of what would be a hit; they just wanted more creative control of the band than he was willing to give up. On their own the  Monkees produced multi-million selling albums, as good as those sales were they probably would have been stronger had Kirshner had some say in song selection.

  To hear what they could do on their own you MUST listen to Headquarters. Rolling Stone rates it as one of the albums you must hear before you die.

Mickey Dolenz had one of the better voices from that era....he's really underrated as a singer.  Davy Jones was a good singer as well.  And from what the other three members have said over the decades, Mike NeSmith was not the nicest guy around.  In fact, they've pretty much labeled him a douche.

/and didn't he inherit some huge fortune from his mother?
//from the invention of Liquid Paper?


There is no "E" in Micky.

Also, I have met all four of the Monkees (yes, I am just that cool) and I have to say the biggest douches are Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz. Michael Nesmith is one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He is very sweet, and humble, and generous. Davy Jones was also one of the kindest because he made every fan feel special. The other two think they are just above it all, which they really need to stop thinking that way because you aren't the famous anymore.
 
2013-05-10 03:04:53 PM  

Spatula Porn: There is no "E" in Micky.


There's that darned apostrophe again.

Spatula Porn: Michael Nesmith is one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He is very sweet, and humble, and generous.


You'll have to take that up with the makers of the Monkees documentaries.  The ones I've seen don't paint a particularly rosey picture of NeSmith.

/Frokus...!
 
2013-05-10 03:16:04 PM  
I was offered a shot at writing the Dean Jeffries biography/cofffee-table book for Motorbooks, about 6-7 years ago. It didn't pay for shiat and Dean had allegedly already told them he wouldn't let anyone borrow his photos for scanning, so it was going to be -- and this a technical publishing term -- an absolute motherfarker to ever make the book happen. So I passed. But part of me wished I'd had the chance. He's the guy that really did stuff, he's the real deal, while guys like Barris coasted off their brother then "borrowed" ideas for the next few decades...but signed a lot more autographs at car shows, so, you know, they're the famous ones.
 
2013-05-10 06:45:35 PM  
He also sculpted his cars out of metal.
 
2013-05-10 07:23:14 PM  

Rickj: He also designed this Fark favorite hot rod

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Wait, he designed the Landmaster? Way to bury the lead, subby.
 
2013-05-10 07:25:28 PM  

Delawheredad: The 60's had the coolest cars. The batmobile the black beauty the Mokee mobile and from Detroit the Corvair. Each subsequent decade the cars have gotten progressively worse.


100% on the money. Cool surf cars, vans and trucks. Lil deuce coupes. Even the stock cars, so many were wonderful. Thunderbird. Lincoln Continental. Mustang. Camaro. Cougar. GTO. the little shoe box Nova. affordable, any idjit could fix his own car, 'American Made' was still worth buying. and there was some fun imports too, like the VW Karmann Ghia and Bus, the Opel GT, and I don't recall the years Saab made the lovely Sonnett.
 
2013-05-10 09:51:40 PM  
Jefferies was a real douche about the original Black Beauty from the TV series - he was always very proud of the car (and it IS Farking gorgeous) but he lost track of it after the series was cancelled.  Turned out somebody at Fox bought it and kept it running, but it looked like hell.  An enthusiast found it, bought it, and contracted with Jeffries to restore it.  Jeffries decided he wanted the car himself, but the owner didn't want to sell.  Jeffries gave the guy hell over the next few years, constantly jacking up the price and at one point threatening to sue the new owner to keep him from ever displaying the car or calling it the Black Beauty.  The new owner eventually got his car back, but Jeffries did his damnedest to either legally steal the car or get the new owner to sell it to him for almost nothing.
 
2013-05-10 10:01:27 PM  

KrispyKritter: Delawheredad: The 60's had the coolest cars. The batmobile the black beauty the Mokee mobile and from Detroit the Corvair. Each subsequent decade the cars have gotten progressively worse.

100% on the money. Cool surf cars, vans and trucks. Lil deuce coupes. Even the stock cars, so many were wonderful. Thunderbird. Lincoln Continental. Mustang. Camaro. Cougar. GTO. the little shoe box Nova. affordable, any idjit could fix his own car, 'American Made' was still worth buying. and there was some fun imports too, like the VW Karmann Ghia and Bus, the Opel GT, and I don't recall the years Saab made the lovely Sonnett.


Of course, even the cheapest shiatbox sold new today is more efficient, comfortable, reliable, safer, economical, cleaner, and easier to drive than anything from the '60s. Since plenty of people are still customizing and building hot rods, I'd say the modern era comes out on top.

Unless you liked three-speeds on the column, bias-ply tires, dicking with carburetors. Then again, I have six deuces on my '40 Ford, so...
 
2013-05-10 10:52:13 PM  

Shadowtag: He was originally asked to design the Batmobile too, but George Barris ended up doing it.


Well, Barris designed the Batmobile inasmuch as he customized a Lincoln prototype he had lying around, which Ford had put over a million dollars into.
 
2013-05-11 01:33:18 AM  
Please don't be George Barris!Please don't be George Barris!Please don't be George Barris!
*clicks*
*exhale*
 
2013-05-11 05:20:59 AM  

sinanju: triptheory: doczoidberg: I'm just sayin'.

They were not a starving band. They were a concoction. Made up. They were created for the TV show, trying to ride the wave of Beatlemania.

That is all they were. Actors, and likely decently compensated. Tork and Nesmith could play instruments beforehand but they weren't hired as musicians as they had little to nothing to do with writing the songs initially. That came later.

I think the point was a plot hole in the TV show.  Like Friends and their impossibly nice NYC apartments...



YES, that's that I'm sayin'!
 
2013-05-11 04:04:24 PM  

Whiskey Dickens: Please don't be George Barris!Please don't be George Barris!Please don't be George Barris!
*clicks*
*exhale*


Barris is the Monkees to the Jeffries' Beatles.

/Sam was the talented one.
 
2013-05-11 04:47:04 PM  

drake113: Rickj: He also designed this Fark favorite hot rod

[img216.imageshack.us image 576x432]

Wait, he designed the Landmaster? Way to bury the lead, subby.


Yes, watch the videos attached to that article, and they show that he designed the Landmaster, along with the princesses car/spaceship from Spaceballs.
 
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