Yeah, it's true that at first the guys just sang to music recorded by studio musicians (see "The Wrecking Crew"), but after the first couple of albums, they used their increasing star power to shoehorn their way into playing on the records, particularly Michael Nesmith, who was and is an excellent musician.
They also had a repertoire of songs written for them by some of the greatest writers on the planet, including:
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ((I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone, (Theme From) The Monkees, I Wanna Be Free, Last Train to Clarksville, Valleri, Words)
Neil Diamond (A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, I'm A Believer, Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow))
Carole King & Gerry Goffin (I Don't Think You Know Me, Pleasant Valley Sunday)
Harry Nilsson (Cuddly Toy)
However, Mike Nesmith also wrote many of their songs, including Circle Sky, Listen to the Band, Mary, Mary, Tapioca Tundra, The Girl I Knew Somewhere, You Just May Be the One and You Told Me.
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Hello, my name is Bard Jameson, and I am a Monkees fan.
Watched the show first run, bought the albums, loved both (never saw them live), loved the movie Head, later renounced them to my friends when I was playing Blue Oyster Cult and Kiss songs in garage bands, but secretly played the albums alone in my room, and still get a thrill when Last Train to Clarkesville or I'm a Believer kicks up on a radio station.
Now, wishing Davey a fond farewell, I have to download every Monkees song I can find.
"...My oldest daughters now, does not see eye to eye with me on most issues. For instance she claims to be atheist. She is also a Yankees fan. I don't know which one bothers me most."