November 27, 2008

Bedtime Music: The Monkees/Smash Mouth - I'm a Believer

Something a little more light-hearted tonight. In a first, I'm presenting two different versions of the same song, I'm a Believer, the first by The Monkees and the second by the band Smash Mouth. While you may not be familiar with the latter group, you've heard their cover of this song if you saw the first Shrek movie. What you may not know is that the song was originally written and performed by Neil Diamond. The Monkees' cover of the song, however, made it to #1 on the US Hot 100 chart and remained there for seven weeks (and for four weeks on the UK chart), which are remarkable achievements. Since The Monkees' cover came out in 1966, well over a dozen covers of this song have been recorded.

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