The Monkees – She
The greatest love songs are always the bitter ones. Anger and sadness are what really composes the majority of a relationship. Throw in some jealousy with that on the side. It isn’t true love unless you can think of 1000 reasons to hate the girl before one good virtue about her crosses your mind. That’s what this track by The Monkees is. The singer comes up with his list of why the particular woman who is under his skin should be ignored and put out with the Wednesday morning trash. She’s a liar, she is manipulative, callous. She treats him like dirt… BUT… despite all of that he still loves her and would give anything to have her by his side. True love.
The heaviness of the instrumentation adds alot to this perfect love song. People who don’t know music, when asked to name a great love song always say some lame slow tempo ballad which has no bearing on what it’s actually like to be in love. The Monkees, who have always been criminally ignored by ‘serious’ music fans, took a smart risk with this song. A song sung by an angry jilted lover, backed by proto-metal guitars could have easily alienated the young girls who were the target market of the group. It wasn’t a huge hit, charting only in Australia at no.7, but it enhances the image of the band now that they are in their legacy years.
For people who like going through the back catalouge of pop music from the 60′s, such songs help to counter the unfair image of throw-away bubble gum pop which the Monkees generally have. Quality music will always find some way of rewarding the musicians who made it*.
*and yes, the Monkees DID perform this song.