|"Last Train to Clarksville"|
US single cover
|Single by The Monkees|
|from the album The Monkees|
|"Take a Giant Step"|
|Released||August 16, 1966|
|Recorded||July 25, 1966|
RCA Victor Studios, Studio A
|The Monkees singles chronology|
"Last Train to Clarksville" was the debut single by The Monkees. It was released August 16, 1966, and later included on the group's 1966 self-titled album, which was released on October 10, 1966. The song, written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, was recorded at RCA Victor Studio B in Hollywood on July 25, 1966, and was already on the Boss Hit Bounds on August 17, 1966. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on November 5, 1966. Lead vocals were performed by the Monkees' drummer Micky Dolenz. "Last Train to Clarksville" was featured in seven episodes of the band's television series, the most for any Monkees song.
The song, written by the songwriting duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, has been compared to the Beatles' "Paperback Writer",[by whom?] particularly the "jangly" guitar sound, the chord structure, and the vocal harmonies. The Beatles' song had been number one in the US charts three months earlier.
The lyrics tell of a man phoning the woman he loves, urging her to meet him at a train station in Clarksville before he must leave, possibly forever. There was no explicit reference to war in the song but its last line, "And I don't know if I'm ever coming home", was an indirect reference about a soldier leaving for the Vietnam War.
It has often been presumed that the song refers to Clarksville, Tennessee, which is near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division, which was then serving in Vietnam. However, according to songwriter Bobby Hart, that was not the case. Instead, according to Hart, "We were just looking for a name that sounded good. There's a little town in northern Arizona I used to go through in the summer on the way to Oak Creek Canyon called Clarkdale. We were throwing out names, and when we got to Clarkdale, we thought Clarksville sounded even better. We didn't know it at the time, [but] there is an Army base near the town of Clarksville, Tennessee -- which would have fit the bill fine for the storyline. We couldn't be too direct with The Monkees. We couldn't really make a protest song out of it -- we kind of snuck it in."
Although "Clarksville," a common U.S. place name, is in the song title, the video accompanying the song on the Monkees' TV show showed a sign pointing to "Clarkesville", which is a much more rare spelling, now used only for a town in Georgia.
Hart got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles' "Paperback Writer". He thought Paul McCartney was singing "Take the last train", and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing "Paperback Writer." Hart knew that The Monkees TV series was being pitched as a music/comedy series in the spirit of The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night, so he was hoping that by emulating The Beatles, this song might lead to a successful single, which it did. To help ensure that, he decided to include a distinctive guitar riff and wrote in the "Oh No-No-No, Oh No-No-No" lyrics as a response to The Beatles' famous "Yeah Yeah Yeah".
Boyce and Hart's band, Candy Store Prophets, did the instrumental session work on the recording. Their lineup included Boyce and Gerry McGee on guitar, Hart on keyboards, Larry Taylor on bass guitar and Billy Lewis on drums. The lead guitar part was written and played by Hollywood session musician Louie Shelton who would eventually become a mainstay on Monkees recordings.
|"Zadnji voz za ?a?ak"|
|Single by Riblja ?orba|
|"Lud sto posto A-side cover by John Peel indie favoritea The Passmore Sisters."|
|Released||May 13, 1987|
|Boyce and Hart, Bora ?or?evi?|
|Riblja ?orba singles chronology|
B-side features the song "Lud sto posto" ("100% Crazy").
The single was not available in the shops, but given as a gift with an issue of Politika Ekspres
oLos Angeles New Wave band Zilch covered it on the flip side of their 1980 KROQ hit Cool Cool Corduroy Culottes http://www.popflock.com/video?id=N9TG2lGvRTg