Nobody called the Supremes fakers. Yet they, like the Monkees, dominated the charts by singing great songs that happened to be written and played by others. The difference might be that Diana Ross and Co. didn’t have a hit TV show on which they pretended to be playing their instruments.
The fall of 1966 is a long time ago. Mike Nesmith hasn’t worn that wool cap in decades. And by the time I caught reruns of the original TV show, all I knew is that the Monkees pumped out great pop songs. I loved Micky Dolenz’s voice, Nesmith’s twangy tunes and could not deny that Davy Jones, cutesy as he was, certainly pulled off “Daydream Believer.” He even took Marcia to the prom. Never mind that Peter Tork was, in real life, an actual musician. I appreciated his TV persona as the innocent, Mr. Gullible.