The Monkees

Hey Hey We're the Monkees

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This CD-ROM devoted to the history of the Monkees will probably seem a little primitive by modern standards, limited as it is in certain functions -- one can't switch off the music accompaniment that runs through the main programming (which mostly involves the use of a board-game-style map on which the "Monkee-mobile" moves from point to point; click on a specific spot and you get a song whose theme ties in with the subject, and the four former group members, from interviews done in 1996, discussing that aspect of their history). The general menu section features the musical accompaniment set to karaoke-style instrumental versions of some of the group's best-known songs. The map section of the program seems a bit paltry despite the detail, but then, if one maneuvers around a bit, you get to the Monkees pad image on the map which, when clicked, opens the real treat: a 360-degree panorama of the apartment in which the group was depicted as living. Clicking on almost any object in the apartment opens a new video, audio, or interview snippet and can keep one busy for hours. One wishes that the maneuvering were more clearly mapped out, although discovering the little secrets of this disc is a fun activity in and of itself. And if it were done today, it would be fuller, mapped out more carefully, and also even more fun, but it isn't bad for its era and it's playable on most any PC or Apple computer in use as of 2001. Incidentally, it's officially out of print, but can be found fairly cheaply on the web and at many record shows.

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