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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Davy Jones' Locker

With the sad news last week that Davy Jones of the Monkees has died, I thought it was time for world to see this forgotten tribute act.
Sometime in the 1990's (the exact year evades my ageing addled mind) members of the Dylan Rabbit pop group formed Davy Jones' Locker (what else could it be called?) performing only those tracks from the Monkees sung by the great man himself. We played one gig at festival in Sutton, South London. My memory seems to recall that we played some or all of the gig to an empty tent, but looking back at the video there seems to be applause coming from somewhere so perhaps it wasn't as bad as I remembered.
The songs performed were not necessarily the most well known songs that he sung on, no Daydream Believer here, but 'I Wanna Be Free', 'Changes', 'The Party' and the spoken word obscurity ' Theme for a New Love'. The grand finale is the incredibly complex 'Someday Man'. I don't think this song was ever meant to be sung live...
As you will see and hearwhat we lack in musical clarity we more than make up for in verve and enthusiasm for the subject matter....
Sadly Mr Jones never saw our only performance or, as far as I know, ever heard of us. I am sure he would have enjoyed it. Probably. Surely he would have chuckled at the Davy Jones cardboard puppet?
So for the first time since that gig (1990 something, exact year unknown) I present Davy Jones Locker..... Please excuse the quality, it was filmed on an ancient now obselete videographic recording device.
(Also available on You Tube)

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