What a concept! Cast four seemingly normal young men to play a rock band in a TV series aimed at a young audience and rake in the bucks! It happened back in the '60s with the Monkees, so could it happen in the '80s? Read on! When MTV re-broadcast the entire original Monkees TV series over the course of a weekend in the 1986, Monkeemania happened all over again. Original Monkees Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz reformed and toured the world, all their albums were re-issued on CD, a new hits CD was released (featuring three new 'Monkees' recordings) and the promotional blitz continued right into 1987. Some of the brains behind the original show thought that maybe, just maybe, they could do it again. The Elvis Brothers were originally approached to the wacky rock band but they graciously turned down the job (their "Burning Desire" was eventually recorded by the future group). Sending out a casting call, the producers eventually settled on Larry Saltis (guitar, vocals), Marty Ross (bass, vocals), Jared Chandler (guitar, vocals) and Dino Kovas (drums, vocals) and dubbed them the New Monkees. All were cute, clean and cuddly guys who could act and play their instruments (OK, so maybe Jared couldn't play or sing a note, but he LOOKED good). When their debut album was released, it wasn't surprising that the lads hardly had anything to do with it at all apart from the vocals. Instead of being an album by a rock band, it sounded more like a Richard Marx tribute band. It was a mess. Then, the TV series made it's debut that same year and it made the album look good. Another mess, but this time in technicolor. The New Monkees immediately faded from view. In 20 years time, will we see Marty, Larry, Jared and Dino have their own MTV weekend? Will there be an interest in their rare and previously unreleased recordings? It's highly doubtful.
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