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The Monkees meet Frank Zappa

Critics of the Monkees observed that they were simply the “Pre-Fab four”, a made-for-TV knockoff of The Beatles; The Beatles, however, took it in their stride and hosted a party for the Monkees when they visited England. The party occurred during the time when The Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; as such, the party inspired the line in the Monkees’ tune “Randy Scouse Git,” written by Dolenz, which read, “the four kings of EMI are sitting stately on the floor.” Nesmith attended the “A Day in the Life” sessions at Abbey Road Studios; he can be seen in The Beatles’ home movies, including one scene where he is conversing with John Lennon. During the conversation, Nesmith had reportedly asked Lennon “Do you think we’re a cheap imitation of the Beatles, your movies and your records?”, to which Lennon assuredly replied, “I think you’re the greatest comic talent since the Marx Brothers. I’ve never missed one of your programs.”[15] George Harrison praised their self-produced musical attempts, saying, “It’s obvious what’s happening, there’s talent there. They’re doing a TV show, it’s a difficult chore and I wouldn’t be in their shoes for the world. When they get it all sorted out, they might turn out to be the best.”[15] (Tork was later one of the musicians on Harrison’s Wonderwall Music, playing Paul McCartney’s five-string banjo.) Dolenz was also in the studio during a session, which he mentioned while broadcasting for WCBS-FM in New York (incidentally, he interviewed Ringo Starr on his program). Paul McCartney can be seen in the 2002 concert film Back in the U.S. singing “Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees”, the theme from The Monkees show, while backstage.