‘Mad Men’ made 1 Monkees song popular again

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One of The Monkees songs appeared on an episode of Mad Men. The episode caused a resurgence of the track on iTunes. The same thing happened to a Prefab Four song that appeared in Breaking Bad. Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees | Archive of Michael Ochs / Stringer

One of the Monkees’ songs served as the theme for their only theatrical film. Subsequently, the song was featured on an episode of Mad Men. The show featured the song on iTunes.

Micky Dolenz felt one of the Monkees’ songs defined their career

During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2016, the remaining Monkees – Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork – named 15 songs that defined their careers. These included big hits such as “Daydream Believer” as well as more obscure tracks such as “Porpoise Song”. The latter appeared on the soundtrack to the 1968 film Head.

“The Head movie was created by Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider and Jack Nicholson,” Dolenz said. “It wasn’t so much about deconstructing The Monkees, but using the deconstruction of The Monkees as a metaphor for the deconstruction of the Hollywood film industry.”

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Micky Dolenz liked ‘Porpoise Song’ and he became popular again after appearing in ‘Mad Men’

Dolenz didn’t think Head had broad appeal. “I think it was limited to 17 and over,” he said. “A lot of our fans couldn’t even get in. From a business perspective, it was totally the wrong movie to make. But we didn’t want to do a 90-minute episode of The Monkees TV show.

“Also, these were the guys who were going to make Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces,” he added. “They had the opportunity to really stretch here. ‘Porpoise Song’ is one of my favorite songs to sing. It’s sort of the theme of the movie.

According to a 2013 Baltimore Sun article, “Porpoise Song” had a life outside of Head. After the song appeared on the Mad Men episode “The Quality of Mercy” in 2013, it rose to prominence on iTunes. The same thing happened to The Monkees’ “Goin’ Down” after it appeared on an episode of Breaking Bad.

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How The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” Made It On The Pop Charts In The US And UK

“Porpoise Song” was most popular in 1968, when it peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remained on the chart for six weeks. The tune appeared on the soundtrack to Head, which reached No. 45 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 15 weeks.

According to The Official Charts Company, “Porpoise Song” never charted in the UK. Neither did Head’s soundtrack.

“Porpoise Song” wasn’t one of the Monkees’ biggest hits, but it got some extra exposure thanks to Mad Men.

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