Yesterday’s news of the sad death of Monkee Davy Jones reminded us of our own tribute to the Prefab Four – Sell By Dave’s 2010 re-cut of “Pleasant Valley Sunday”.
He originally did it as part of a tailor-made re-score/alternative soundtrack to 60s horror film The Masque Of The Red Death, which he played at a Caravan Records party at TB2 in Bristol in November 2010. We can’t honestly remember what scene it was used to soundtrack, but the idea was that the Monkees’ cheery beat pop would offer a twisted alternative to the darkness and abject horror appearing on screen. High concept stuff. Incidentally, you can listen to The Masque Of The Red Death Re-Told here.
At the time of the ‘performance’ at TB2, one of our good friends Andy Clarkson – one of Bristol’s premier crate-diggers and a man with an absurdly good record collection – described the “Pleasant Valley Sunday” rub as “the Monkees in Dub Hell”. It’s quite, erm, trippy – at least in terms of the reverb and delay-laden sound. See what you think by giving it a listen/downloading it below.