Sunday, January 27, 2008
Logo #166: The Monkees
Screen Gems publicity man Ed Justin came up with the idea for the Monkees' guitar logo and paid Nick LoBianco, lunchbox designer extraordinaire, $75 to illustrate it in 1966. Another Holist masterpiece, with the sweet touch of making the tuning pegs out of hearts. Just like life! The Monkees' comeback during the '80s was really bizarre in its intensity - but it happened during a time in which there was seemingly room for practically everyone on MTV, including The Monkees. They were the top concert draw of 1986. Take that, Bruce Springsteen! But, of course, like the Wacky Wallwalkers craze a few years earlier, over-saturation leads to stagnation and decline. Randi Massingill's biography of the band, "Total Control," is well worth a read. Monkee Mike Nesmith produced "Repo Man" and had no need to take part in reunions as such - his mom invented Liquid Paper!