Long live Davy Jones. Once you understand that “Last Train To Clarksville” is about the Vietnam War, it becomes a more powerful statement. Great song.
Like The Monkees, Herman’s Hermits were carefully groomed to take full advantage of the contemporary trend in popular music, most notably, the Beatles. And like the Monkees, Herman’s Hermits songs stand the test of time quite nicely. Catchy, memorable tunes, very good singer. Peter Noone was still a teenager during the group’s heyday.
The band’s early songs were very lightweight, but they progressed into more mature material within a year or two, and songs like “There’s A Kind Of Hush” stand up very well. “No Milk Today” was produced by future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and features a distinctive intro.
Herman’s Hermits Songs:
I’m Henry The VII, I Am, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭✭
No Milk Today, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭✭
There’s A Kind Of Hush, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭✭
I’m In To Something Good, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭✭
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭
Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭
Listen People, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭
A Must To Avoid, Herman’s Hermits ✭✭
Silhouettes, Herman’s Hermits ✭
Dandy, Herman’s Hermits ✭
Dandy, The Kinks ✭✭
The Monkees are similar in many ways, though they were completely contrived, studio songs by professional musicians, with cute young men on television posing as the band. It was very popular, and the songs stand up well as pop artifacts.
Last Train To Clarksville, The Monkees ✭✭✭
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, The Monkees ✭✭✭
Pleasant Valley Sunday, The Monkees ✭✭✭
I’m A Believer, The Monkees ✭✭✭
I’m A Believer (alt), The Monkees ✭✭✭
Mary, Mary, The Monkees ✭✭
Valleri, The Monkees ✭✭
(Theme From) The Monkees, The Monkees ✭✭
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees ✭✭
“Last Train To Clarksville” is actually a serious song about the Vietnam War. Jerry Reed’s version is also nice. “I’m A Believer” is more or less a pop standard, written by Neil Diamond and featured in the movie Shrek. There’s an alternate Monkees version on the album called More Of the Monkees. I did not include the Monkees hit song “Daydream Believer”. I just don’t like it. Instead, I included the original version by songwriter John Stewart.
Last Train To Clarksville, Jerry Reed ✭✭
I’m A Believer, Neil Diamond ✭✭✭
I’m A Believer, Smash Mouth ✭✭
I’m A Believer (Reprise), Eddie Murphy ✭✭✭
Daydream Believer, John Stewart ✭