Headquarters is the third album issued by the Monkees and the first with substantial songwriting and instrumental performances by members of the group itself, rather than by session musicians and professional songwriters. After a struggle for creative autonomy with their record label, the group had been allowed, to a degree, to record by themselves. Headquarters reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum in the United States with sales of more than two million copies within the first two months of release. It peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts. It is included in the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Wikipedia
I really liked this. Like a dumb amount. For what is functionally a Beatles parody group at its inception, this was really jammin', and I get why they became popular in their own right. Fucking Zilch.
Released 1 week before Sgt. Pepper's - it sounds decades behind. Mid 60's pop. It's not bad; it's just not good either. Best tracks: You Told Me, You Just May Be The One, For Pete's Sake (Closing Theme)
I underestimated the Monkees
If someone made a Spinal Tap/Mighty Wind 60s band album this is exactly what it would sound like.
Always loved The Monkees. they're a band with no pretence or delusions of grandeur, just a bunch of musicians thrown together by a record label....that worked.
This is a super fun album and it maintained a consistent good energy throughout. I wish some of the songs had been longer or more complex but I still enjoyed them. Some definite bops in there and all around a fun album.
Highlights: Randy Scouse Git, The Girl I Knew Somewhere, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Having grown up with The Monkees on TV, this album contains quite a few rarer and deeper cuts than I'm used to. They really did gel as a band and by 1967, were producing much more polished music than their introductory efforts, for better or for worse. It's nice to see they didn't take themselves too seriously, even later in their heyday, where they continued to craft short and punchy tracks that never overstayed their welcome, but also were numerous. As such, I won't go over them all, but they're all pretty good.
I love the Monkees. They're fun, they don't take themselves too seriously, and their songs are catchy. Yeah, they were a "fake" band for a TV show and the whole schtick was being a blatant Beatles-esque ripoff so you can easily slap a derivative label on them. But they're obviously creative, talented guys who worked well together as a group and the fact that they fought for more creative control over the music and wanted to grow as artists in their own right speaks volumes about them. They may have started out conceptually as puppets for the network but they became so much more. The endurance of their songs well beyond the shelf life of the TV show proves that what they did resonated with a lot people in a truly impactful way. I dig everything they represent and I love their tunes. It's worth noting that I write this as a person born in the 80's who loved watching their show when I was a kid even though the episodes were already 25+ year old reruns.
Pretty derivative, with the first half especially just being “I can’t believe it’s not Beatles!™”, but still very listenable, and the back half especially had som fun creative ideas.
It's okay, but really just sounds like a group trying (and struggling) to impersonate the more poppy elements of the Beatles, which I suppose is essentially what they were doing. It's well recorded and produced, but the songs just fall a little flat for me. There were a few interesting asides though - I now know where Del the Funky Homosapien got the main sample for Mistadobalina! Probably wouldn't listen to again, but it wouldn't annoy me if someone else wanted to put it on. (2.6)
The Monkees occupy an odd place in my pop music lexicon. The active band era predated my existence by a few years, with the barest intersection (various reunions I didn't register at the time notwithstanding). I watched tons of them in reruns, though, and the obvious hits are cataloged in the depths of my semiconscious inner pop library. Since childhood, I thought of this band not at all though, except briefly when Jones and Tork died. Reading up on this album, I'm impressed by their dedication to being allowed to operate as an actual band. Still, it's hard not to make the obvious comparisons: the whole thing is heavily derivative of the Beatles, and not truly up to that standard. But I'm persuaded it earns its place in this list.
Ew you like The Monkees? You know they don’t write their own songs. They don’t play their own instruments. That’s not even Michael Nesmith’s real hat
"Headquarters" is a mismatched mishmash of mediocrity that is merely a meagre mimicry (one might even say maliciously so) of "modern" music. It leaves the listener feeling mocked, miserable, and more than a mite mad with the meretricious marketing machine that is the Monkees.
“Headquarters” by The Monkees (1967) Formulaic pop which is not representative of the ‘Summer of Love’ in the American cultural scene. We regarded this music as immature even then. We can now add to our disdain the recognition that it was, from the beginning, a corporate project. I feel sorry for the artists, but the music is too formulaic to be called art. Still, it’s pleasing enough to listen to. Once. For old time’s sake. On the way out the door. Lyrically sappy, G-rated pulp. Musically, it would be fun to play a party game with 70-year-olds identifying which Beatles songs the Monkees are ripping off in each track. Mickey Dolenz’ drumming is poor (that’s why it’s wisely subdued in the mix) and bass is played by B-grade session musicians, demonstrating that the producers didn’t take the rhythm section seriously—a fatal flaw for rock music. Guitar arrangements performance are amateurish. All vocals are weak. Mr. Jones, please put down the tambourine. Okay, now that that unpleasant task is done, we can, at a minimum, celebrate the fact these guys were at least pretending to have fun. But they were being paid to. 2/5
loved every song
Knew of The Monkees but very few of their songs. Blown away by this album. Great late '60s pop.
Five stars just for "If I Learned To Play The Violin". Funniest song I've ever heard.
Fantastic pop album no complaints
I grew up in the 80s, but fell in love with the Monkees watching reruns of the television show. I bought copies of all their albums and knew all their songs. This album happens to be my favorite of theirs. A little something for everyone.
Rock sesentero. Venga, vinilo, aunque alguna canción no me ha entusiasmado.
Apart from one or two cringey-lyric songs, overall a great jam. Pretty creative and well-produced.
not my type of music, but there was a couple okay songs
before listening, I predicted how they would sound. I was right haha. The more folky songs are so good. Forget that Girl is so nice!
Basically a good album. I noticed the influence of the 60's on many songs, like Chuck Berry or Little Richard. (7/10) Favourite songs: Randy Scouse Git, Zilch, Shades of Gray
the beatles from the USA?
A shockingly good album 5 or 6 absolute classic Monkees songs 4 stars
Probably a 5 if it had I'm A Believer or Daydream Believer
Good album! The deluxe edition comes up on Spotify, so these may be added but there are Def some fluffier songs of the guys goofing around in the recording studio that I wasn't a huge fan of But overall, really creative songwriting and I enjoyed the album
Great throughout! Never a dull moment.
Been giving a lot of albums a 4 lately, so why not. A pretty enjoyable album, had heard some songs by The Monkees but none from this album. I’m a sucker for more simple uppity songs, and though the Monkees may have never reached the artistic level of the Beatles or the Beach Boys, a solid album. Favorite songs: Forget That Girl, I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind, Randy Scouse Git, Zilch
Reminds me of Rubber Soul
3.5/5. Above-average 60s pop. It's nothing amazing, but it's not bad.
I thoroughly enjoy The Monkees and don't hold their origins as a manufactured group against them. I think it's rather remarkable that they were able to gain creative control in the process of making this record. And on top of that, the fact that they were talented enough to make that transition sound fairly seamless to their previous output is kind of amazing really. I appreciate their sense of humor and playful nature. It's not complete fluff as some would have you believe. Their music easily stacks up to other psychedelic pop albums on this list (Electric Prunes come to mind for example) and they're often much more enjoyable because they don't take themselves too seriously. Yeah, they are indebted to The Beatles, but who wasn't? They're not simply Beatles clones by any means.
I'm tempted to give this five stars. It's not the Monkees I expected. There is some really creative amazing music on this album. But there is also some pretty elementary stuff. Overall, loved it and listened to several of the songs multiple times. Would def listen again.
Hey hey, it's the Monkees.
pretty good. 60's feel. monkees are okay
Fun album. Definitely harmless
Old school, short, fun and upbeat
Poorly recorded but actually had some songs I enjoyed. A mono version would be better. The stereo was too far panned.
I like the Monkees. Don’t love them.
i thought this music sounded good with a beatles-esque, early rock sound. then i learned that the group was manufactured for a tv show. it lowered my interest in the group.
Toothless but pleasant enough. 5/10
It's The Monkees. It's fun but kinda boring 60s music.
Had some enjoyable songs, but not fabulous overall. Higher end of 3
I've liked other Monkees songs but didn't love this album - some songs were cool, some were kinda boring. They just sounded like worse Beetles. 3 stars from me
some good songs interspersed with annoying songs. low 3
Duidelijk jaren '60 muziek, Niet echt uitspringers op het album, maar het nummer 'Zilch' vond ik precies wel nog grappig
Opgewekt en aangenaam
Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: You Just May Be The One, I Can't Get Her Off My Mind, Randy Scouse Git, All Of Your Toys*, The Girl I Knew Somewhere*, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You* (last three songs were added on for the deluxe rerelease) Cutting Edge: Shades of Gray Overall Notes: Another less-good version of the Beatles. Felt more by the numbers than the Byrds did, but it just goes to show the crazy influence those English guys had on popular music.
It's the Monkees. Singles are great.
Pretty decent. Idk if I would listen to it often but the first couple of songs I really liked.
Quirky album with a few good tunes, decent.
This is the Monkees at their most Beatle inspired. It's fine enough but nothing remarkable.
Strange skits in this one. Songs are good though and really good 60s throw back.
I don’t really like the Monkees, but it was fun to hear the del sample from Zilch
This was pretty good, not what I usually listen to but I enjoyed most of it.
funky, lite wack låtar
Let's start here: None of the Monkees' songs you're familiar with are on this album. There's no Daydream Believer. No I'm A Believer. No Last Train To Clarksville. Not even the gloriously weird song that was used at the end of a late season episode of Mad Men (it's called "Porpoise Song" and it's on Head, an album a sort of wish was on this list. "Porpoise Song" is a 5). I'm glad to see The Monkees getting recognition on the list, although I wonder if this is the album that should represent them. It was released towards the end of their Imperial Phase. This is the album where the Monkees actually got to play their own instruments, as if to show the world they weren't just actors hired for a silly TV show. Has one absolute banger in "Randy Scouse Git", two if we're allowed to include "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", which is on the Spotify version I listened to. That one, like several Monkees songs, was written by a gentleman named Neil Diamond. Ol' Neil isn't anywhere on this list. Probably because Neil was more of a singles artist than anything else. Just like the Monkees.
Much better than anticipated! Fun 60s pop stuff you may hear in a diner. Also similar to early Beatles! Pleasant!
Very long album - would have to be a super fan to listen to it all!
The big problem here is certainly not that anything is "too long". For the most part, these are fragments of songs (in some cases, pretty experimental ones). It smacked of inclusion-by-context, especially at the beginning, but covered enough ground that I understand some of the appeal.
Udmærket men megrt præget af den måde mn lavede musik på den gang. Korte Numre, meget diskant og korte indslag. 3,5
Bisschen eintönig, aber hörbar!
It's obvious how scripted and intentional this band is. I love the Monkees and enjoyed this listen to their early work.
Like that Monkees sound!
Lots of very short songs. Bring back the 2 minute single...
Its pleasant, but if I wanted more of this sound and better I would listen to the Beatles
Listen to this album just to understand why "I'm A Believer" became their runaway hit. This is not a bad album, it just isn't really good either without the contextual relevance of the TV show.
Reminds me of the Beatles.
Buen disco. Cultura general
Solid. Reminds me of the Beatles
lovey dovey. ok sounds but all about some girl idk
Just a lesser Beatles or Beach Boys album. Good background music, but nothing stands out.
Tussen beach boys en Beatles, soms ook experimentele uitschieters
I like the Monkees. Turns out I really like their greatest hits. The rest of this is by no means bad, but just didn't hit right with me. (To be fair, I didn't listen to every single song on this LONG album)
The Beatles maar dan anders
“What if the Beatles never did acid?”
GreatValu Beatles. Nurse Robert. Sweetheart of My Bunghole.
Skipped quite a few songs, nit really doing it for me 2.8
If people really gave a listen to the Monkees they would realize they don't sound like the Beatles at all. They start out with banjo blended in with 60's folk/rock on You Told Me. I'll Spend My Life With You has what sounds like a bath tub Bass, banjo, and slide guitar. The guys harmonize wonderfully together. This being said, they are no Beatles and get a little mundane on this album. I love them growing up but not really influencing music much.
Un très bon album de la part de ces joyeux singes. Cet album était d'ailleurs une très belle représentation de l'essence même du générateur, de la l'ADN Robert. En effet, cet album des années 60 était une copie conforme des Beatles, comme de nombreux autres albums avant cela. Même si les Monkees ont tenté de se démarquer en recrutant Zac Effron, visible sur la droite de la pochette avec son pentalon doré ridicule, on peine malgré tout à les considérer comme autre chose qu'un simple sous Beatles.
Plus de peur que de mal pour Robert qui vient de sortir de l'hôpital avec une simple fracture du tibias. Vous êtes tous au fait de ma nouvelle mission du vendredi consistant à surveiller les élèves de ma classe de sixième à la piscine municipale. Vous savez également que, n'ayant rien à faire de plus que de les regarder nager, je trouve en général le temps extrêmement long. C'est la raison pour laquelle je demandai au professeur que j'accompagne si j'avais la possibilité d'emmener mon enceinte JBL FLIP 5. Ma requête fut déclinée. Oui mais voilà, en arpentant les bords du bassin, je fis une découverte on ne peut plus intéressante : dans un coin était accrochée une énorme enceinte de la marque concurrente BOSE. Ni une ni deux, je profitai d'un moment où le professeur de sport était inattentif pour connecter mon portable à celle-ci. Une poignée de secondes plus tard, l'enceinte détonait l'album des Monkees, provoquant la panique générale. Les quelques regards qui avaient le malheur de se tourner vers moi étaient accueillis par un haussement d'épaule. Petit à petit, le mouvement de panique laissa place à des réflexions telles que « Mais c'est comme les Beatles ?! » parmi les élèves en train de patauger. Vers la fin de l'album, mon attention était si focalisée sur les différences que j'essayais de pointer entre les singes et lesdits Beatles que je ne vis pas une élève de douze ans se noyer et couler vers le fond du bassin. Quelle galère...
3.5/5 Some cheesy songs, but I enjoyed it. For me the album is a bit too long. Overall not bad. Favourite songs: - You told me - Sunny girlfriend - Shades of grey
essential sixies pop rock
You can tell in this record that they were a ‘60s boy band. Designed to make catchy “Beatles-esque” tunes. There’s a couple on here.
better value Beatles
I am too young to have known much of The Monkees, I just assumed they were a shitty band trying to capitalize on Beatlemania, but seems I'm half right. It was an interesting Wikipedia read to see that they were originally a made-for-tv band for a sitcom, which over time morphed into a real thing due to the band members feeling like they were duping people. I can respect the drive to want to be their own thing and not just letting other musicians play their music behind closed doors. Regardless of that though, it really is not my thing. Definitely of the time and still sounds like knock-off Beatles, manufactured music to appeal to the kids. They paved the way for all boy bands and other manufactured pop stars, it seems.
I sometimes think of the Monkees as an inferior version of The Beatles, which probably isn't fair, but I couldn't stop thinking about it as I listened to this album.
ehh? My reaction went from "aw jeez, i don't need to hear the Monkees" to "ok this is different..." to "yeah i'm just not that interested in this." I mean, it's fine - it's truly not bad at all, just that i think 60s pop music like this doesn't hold my interest for very long. Each song is kind of quirky and fun and I suppose "Randy Scouse Git" might be my favourite; it's almost like a very early period Who song. I'd say if you like 60s pop (I've seen this labeled as psychedelic but i don't agree) this might be up your alley. I'll give it a soft 3 seeing as nothing made me turn it off (what an endorsement eh). n.b. I had no idea that "Mr Dobalina" came from the Monkees (catchy Del Tha Funky Homosapien early 90s hiphop hit) 5/10 3 stars.
I like the Monkees. I was the right age for when their show had a revival, and I honestly liked the show and their music. I may have only listened to some compilation and greatest hits albums, and I know I've never listened to Headquarters. Three tracks from this album are added to my personal playlist ("You Just May Be the One", "For Pete's Sake" and "Randy Scouse Git"), all of which I've heard before. "You Just May Be the One" is one of my all-time favorite Monkees songs, and for me is an example of what Michael Nesmith had to offer as a songwriter and a performer. Headquarters is an interesting mix of music, considering the history of what it took to get an album that the Monkees could actually record on their own. There is a tinge of country (which I believe is due to Nesmith) and a couple tracks that have some of the experimentation that you might have expected from this album ("Band 6", "Zilch"). Surprisingly there is a track that sounds very much like a Davy Jones (not necessarily a 'we're the Monkees and we're going to record what we want') song ("I Can't Get Her Off My Mind"), and a generic pop track that sounds like a low energy filler on the show ("Forget That Girl"). I liked hearing the whole album, but the final product is uneven in energy and musical styles.
You know it's another Beatles riff off when it's a '60s boy band with a misspelled animal name as a band name.
For all the grief they took for being "prefab" during their time, the Monkees were actually a pretty talented group of performers. These songs are a testament to that, with some really charming, well-produced and highly listenable pop confections. This is an especially fun album if you're only familiar with the Monkees' hits, lots of surprisingly interesting stuff. You can hear shadows of the Beatles and the Byrds and everything in between in these songs. But we never entirely hear who the Monkees are. I genuinely like many of the songs here. The musicianship is solid, with some lovely melodies and beautiful guitar work. The vocals are crisp and spot on. But in the end it all just feels a little hollow. I think "Zilch" really made that point for me. It's an empty headed obverse of other musical experimentation going on at that time, made by far better bands. I had heard the song before, presumably on the TV show, but for some reason it bugged me today. Fave Songs: Randy Scouse Git, For Pete's Sake, I'll Spend My Life with You, You Told Me, You Just May Be the One
I was surprised at the diversity of styles on this album. The weird talking just distracts and detracts but there are some nice songs here.
it was okay, not the best, not the worst.
What I knew of this album was Zilch, as this was sampled years later, and from that and it's reputation, I was expecting an album of wild experimentation - this is definitely not that. It's a pop band trying to go 'serious'. It is pleasant, but largely unexciting, with the exception of Randy Scouse Git, which is great, if a little derivative of Ray Davies. Like a post Disney Miley Cyrus record, I respect the move, even if I wouldn't bother with a whole album of it.
Notable because they played their own instruments for the first time like the big boys that they are. It also sold well. It's insane that this album, which sounds like it came out in 1962, was the #2 best-selling album during the Summer of Love. Best track: Shades of Gray
It's okay, I don't want to listen to it more than once. The only version I could find was the deluxe edition and it was too long. Probably liked shades of Gray the most. 4/8.
Was a long monkeys album. Had a few of their greats on here. Are there better monkey's albums to put on this list?
I listened to so much of this... Its not bad, its just too much :D
Very whatever. Some of "talking" tracks were weird and I'm not sure why they would be remastered, but whatever.
Nje, inget jättekul. En del lite bra men det mesta har inte åldrats tillräckligt väl för att fortfarande vara intressant. Enkla ackord, enkla basgångar, enkla melodier. Var ändå taggad på Monkees! Zilch ganska rolig, och kan nog ha varit briljant på sin tid, idag känns det som nåt varje youtuber skulle göra 😅
The album is certainly fun, and the interstitial moments of the band joking around remind us of their youth. The songs are strongly thematic of the era, but not memorable.
eh its ok, not really my thing
The Monkees are ok. Always weird to take a band seriously that was created for a TV show.
I didn't go into this with that high of hopes, always kinda thought these guys were just budget Beatles. It wasn't bad, just not something I think I would return to Saved: Shades of Gray, All of Your Toys
Lightweight pop dross
Great story. TV show band. This was the first album that they were given freedom to write on their own. Good story, but not great.
Listened to the first two songs. Is this going to be all 60’s music from here on out?
Boring Beatles. The Monkees have better music than what was on this album.
It sounds like a Beatles album, only more repetitive which makes it worse. But I can't say that it is bad. My favourite song is I Can't Get Her Off My Mind
boring, discount beatles
Were they the first "boy band"? Very Bee Gees sounding, maybe with a couple of Beatles bars thrown in (but nowhere near them!). It's OK easy listening, but IMO more than 2 tracks in a row it's a sugar OD.
If Disney tried to make a discount Beatles knock-off this is what it would sound like.
First Listen 2/5. Better than expected. Surprised how much I liked it. I had heard none of these songs before.
Pretty bad. If this is the only Monkees album on this list then they messed up. Was cool to hear "Mr. Dobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina" on "Zilch" but that and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" were really the only highlights of this (long) album.
Irgendwie gehört es in seine Zeit aber nach hier und heute eher nicht
This entire album sounded like a spinal tap song: Don't get me wrong Try getting me right Your face is okay But your purse is too tight I'm looking for pound notes, loose change, bank checks, anything Gimme some money, gimme some money 2/5
Disappointing pop. There wasn't anything that was memorable or remarkably enjoyable. Does not hold up very well.
Some really good harmonies, but overall, just doesn't carry long enough.
This hasn't done much to give me an appreciation of the Monkees. From what I gather, they were a pretend band for a TV show, but this was the first album where they actually had creative input. It's listenable and inoffensively pleasant. But just seems like middling "1960s psych-pop lite for mass appeal". 2*
Ok 60s pop, but lacking any catchy songs or big hits. They should have stuck with the external song writers and session musicians. 2/5.
The Monkees finally were finally allowed to write and perform on their own records. And it is not a a disaster. Pleasant folk/country inspired pop rock, with some hints of psychedelia. But I can't really remember a single song on it, except Zilch (and experimental thing that I quite like)
Reading the story of how this album came to be was the most interesting part and really informed my listen. The album was all over the place with Beatles-esque tunes and then absolute bad nonsense.
She hangs out has got some serioooouuss 60s creep vibes about it, no good.
Definitely Beatles-lite. I didn't recognize any of these songs by name so I thought perhaps I had heard one before without knowing it. I did not. It's The Monkees. It doesn't have Daydream Believer. It's watered down Beatles. It's certainly not God awful but it isn't memorable or essential in anyway unless you're really into this genre. I'll take the Fab 4 everytime.
Nothing special with this album… ziltch was a bit funny since it’s been sampled
We want to write our own songs, they get the opportunity and just do half rate Beatles pastiches
So according to Wiki the band fought hard for creative freedom... and then this is what they did with it? It's sort of crazy how cheesy and dated this one is and I really can't fathom a reason to listen to this, except in a museum sense of "this is what people liked almost 60 years ago".
Começo do pop rock.
It's fine. Upbeat and pleasant. Manufactured or not, the songs are just very simplistic when viewed from a 21st century perspective. I can appreciate them contextually but I'm not sure how much I'd listen to them on my own.
grrr this was an awkward album because i don’t hate it but i definitely don’t like it because it’s just outdated? like it’s just music i wouldn’t listen to not because it’s bad but because it’s old. it’s interesting but not for me.
I liked it better when they didn't write their own songs.
it's funny that this is their creative breakout album, where they finally wrestled some creative control away from the producer and played all the instruments for themselves. It's not really fun and it just sounds like any old pop/rock/folk band from 1967. Not all of it is terrible but they really should have just stayed as an boy band with no creative control.
I know we're supposed to say that they were actually as good as the Beach Boys and the Kinks. but they weren't were they? A stellar greatest hits, but their albums? No.
I guess there is some merit to this one, but I made the mistake to just press play in spotify and then endured like 2 hours of off brand beatles lol...
Couldn’t get through it. Really bad.
Absolutely not my style
Initial impressions was it sounded Beatlesque but didn't quite hit that spark. Fun at first but quickly became very samey and generic. After reading that this band was created for a tv show, this makes a lot of sense. It's mass appeal with with little to no soul, mimicking the popularity of others. There's not even enough for me to hate it, just very uninteresting and it just keeps going on.
Way past its expiration date
Harkened a mother’s quest to be pretty bland and uninteresting. Should’ve stuck to the ghost writers and session musicians.
meh. Beatles knockoff not much to it