It is the first of four consecutive US#1 (CA,UK,NO top-5) albums in just over a year. The phenomenon is first of all driven by music written by proven powerhouse songwriters like:
The rascalish personalities of the lads contribute to the high popularity of their 58-episode NBC TV series The Monkees. Said to be inspired by Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, it combines shenanigans with music on pre-recorded videos. In short, US entertainment moguls have finally gotten a clue about how to combat the British Invasion.
In the process they create a life-long fanbase which lasts far longer than the band. A number of on-again, off-again reunions in later years are ended by the Feb. 29, 2012 passing of the other British Davy Jones.