Monday, December 21, 2009

The Monkees - "Porpoise Song"

Here's one of the best pop songs from 1968, and one of the better psychedelic songs of all-time, in my opinion. It's "Porpoise Song" - and one of the reasons you don't hear it along side "Incense and Peppermint", "Green Tambourine" and such in '60s psychedelia compilations is well, the Monkees didn't exactly get the artistic respect they deserved did they?

There were actually a couple of factors working against Porpoise Song. It appeared in the film Head (where the clip is from) and its soundtrack LP. Neither of these were great commercial successes, and Head rarely plays on television.

Also, none of the Monkees' output beyond their fourth album (Head was their sixth) made it onto their TV show - and very little from this era made it into the syndicated repeats. The eternal publicity of TV Land was just not to be for overlooked "Porpoise Song".