The Monkees

Zor and Zam

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Although Mickey Dolenz didn't write a great number of Monkees original songs, he could always be counted on to contribute a very interesting and well-crafted novelty. "Zor and Zam" is certainly one of these. A pointed parable of war and its futility, it contained a line that was to become one of the catchphrases of the '60s counterculture war protesters: "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" Obviously inspired by Grace Slick's operatic/light/classical acid rock approach, the song's march tempo is chilling when juxtaposed next to its anti-war lyric.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees 1968 Rhino 2:12
No Image 1969
Listen to the Band 1991 Rhino 2:09
Missing Links, Vol. 3 1996 Rhino / Warner Bros.
The Very Best of the Monkees 1997 Bellaphon Records 2:04
Anthology 1998 Rhino 2:08
Music Box 2001 Rhino 2:08
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 2:06