Sunday, March 18th, 2012
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
The Wedding Present covers The Monkees
It was going to go up because the new Wedding Present album Valentina comes out this week and the band are in town to perform it at The Horseshoe next Sunday, March 25. And though they’ll be marking the 20th anniversary of Seamonsters by playing it in its entirety at that show, it actually came out in 1991. 1992 was the year of their Hit Parade singles series, which saw them release a new 7″ every month of the year, all of which entered the UK top 30 and each of which was b-sided by a cover. For May 1992, it was “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees.
And yes, I know that Jones didn’t sing lead on the original version of the song – that was a Mickey Dolenz tune – but as the video below shows, he included it as part of his own solo shows and did a pretty good job of it. Rest in peace, Davy Jones.