Good Clean Fun (The Monkees song)

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"Good Clean Fun"
The Monkees single 11 Good Clean Fun.jpg
US single cover
Single by The Monkees
from the album The Monkees Present
B-side "Mommy and Daddy"
Released 6 September 1969
Format 7"
Recorded RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, June 1, 1968
Genre
Length 2:19
Label Colgems #5005
Songwriter(s) Michael Nesmith
Producer(s) Michael Nesmith
The Monkees singles chronology
"Listen to the Band"
(1969)
"Good Clean Fun"
(1969)
"Oh My My"
(1970)
"Listen to the Band"
(1969)
"Good Clean Fun"
(1969)
"Oh My My"
(1970)

"Good Clean Fun" is a song by The Monkees from their 1969 album The Monkees Present. Recorded on June 1, 1968, it was released on Colgems single #5005 on September 6, 1969.[citation needed] The Monkees were now a trio consisting of (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones, Peter Tork having left the group in December 1968.

Written and sung by Nesmith, the song's title is never heard. It is about a man waiting for the arrival of a his girlfriend's plane.[citation needed]

(Not necessarily. It could be about a man on a plane returning home. Lyrical excerpt: Well it seems like yesterday that my path took me away/Although I know it's been at least a year/But now my path heads home.")

According to "Monkee Tales" #31 (1981), page 7, in the article entitled "Review of Present", author John Conners states that the song has a surprise ending. The last line, "I told you I'd come back, here I am" is sung by Nesmith in a menacing tone. This gives the tune a sadistic touch; the man is waiting to harm his girlfriend. Nesmith confirms this in the article.[1]

(The above paragraph makes a very strong claim, including a purported quote from the songwriter. But since this article is not available for viewing/corroboration on the Internet, said claim is an assertion at best.)

"Good Clean Fun" reached No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and No. 29 on the Easy Listening chart. The flip-side, "Mommy and Daddy", is sung by Micky Dolenz, who wrote it.

Notes

  1. ^ Monkee Tale #31, 1981, "Review of Present", John Conners, pages 6-12
  2. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Good Clean Fun". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011.

References

  • Joel Whitburn's Billboard Top Pop Hits
  • Rhino's "Present" CD booklet
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