San Antonio has actually forever been affluent in music and society, and our massive little tvery own has been rather the muse for many kind of a songwriter. In this series of San Antonio songs, we’ll comment on popular Alamo City ditties and also musicians that have a San Antonio connection—for much better or worse. In this short article, we’re looking at The Monkees “What am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round.”

As a pre-teen that flourished up in the 80s, I wasted hrs of my days and nights droning in front of MTV. My musical scope at that time was limited to four bands: Rush, REM, Bruce Springsteenager and also Men At Work. In 1986, while vegging out and lego-ing in front of the TV, I was snapped out of my daze by a quick tom roll followed by this catchy lyrical intro, sung by a group of beatnik hippie-looking dudes from the 60s:

“Here we comeWalkin’ down the streetWe gain the funniest looks fromEveryone we meet”

My 10 year-old self asked, “Why is this old-timey present infiltrating on my airwaves?” Yet I continue to watch, ongoing to absorb. Ultimately I giggled, then chortled. And then I was hooked. I was bearing witness the title sequence of The Monkees.

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I’m not certain how a lot of this is commonly well-known, however the Monkees have a decent bit link through the Alamo City. Lead-Monkee Michael Nesmith was a lifelengthy Texas resident. As a young, ambitious 18-year old, Nesmith endetailed in the USAF and also was deployed to Lackland AFB for his basic training, later attfinishing San Antonio College complying with his honorable discharge from the business. And it was below wright here Nesmith’s music interemainder sparked right into a roaring inferno.

Nesmith set out for the glamor and glitz of the doing well Los Angeles music scene in 1963, and shortly afterwards he was cast into the Monkees TV series. After joining the team officially in 1965, Nesmith and The Monkees caught fire in the late 1960’s, gaining prompt TV stardom. And through the help of a crack songcreating team, the quartet cranked out megahits such as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and also a slew of various other tunes that you’ve likely, and also involuntarily, tapped your foot to.

While it may not have been solid gold, The Monkees’ “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” throws a not-so-subtle nod to the tvery own that initially gave Nesmith his huge break. It’s upbeat and a tiny shuffle-y, through some ever-so-slight Spanish overtones tucked means dvery own in the melody.


Nesmith laments around being torn in between his sancha down south and the subsequent longing to obtain ago to excellent ol’ San Antone, which I’m certain we have the right to all totally understand. I intend, that deserve to blame the guy for his desperate, unmanageable hankering for puffy tacos from Ray’s Drive Inn? Right?

Additionally, maybe Nesmith necessary to hustle ago to tvery own to accomplish his well-to-execute mama Bette Nesmith for brunch to discuss his cut of the Liquid Paper fortune. Whatever the rationale for bailing on his babe, we’re glad that Mr. Nesmith made a decision San Antonio for his retreat. You’ll constantly belong to us, Michael Nesmith. Always.

Check out our entire list of San Antonio Songs right here.

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About Andy Pape

Andy Pape is a lifelong San Antonio resident that was born and elevated in the Alamo City. He spends his weekdays running the Social Media Strategy program at Rackarea. The rest of his time is spent being a dad and husband also, and also occasionally you’ll uncover him kicking out some jams as guitarist for The Cinderleaf and also keytarist for The Cemetery Hips.