” Alternate Title ” by the Monkees is better known as ” Randy Scouse Git ” to audiences outside of the United Kingdom.
Written by Micky Dolenz in 1967, it was his first song to be released commercially by the group. However, the original title caused RCA, the Monkees record company, to change the title for release in the UK as the use of the phrase ” Randy Scouse Git ” was considered to be taboo for the British at the time.
Initially, the song’s title was taken from the then-popular TV show, Till Death Us Do Part, which Dolenz watched while in the country.
The phrase was used extensively in the show by the character Alf Garnett, played by Warren Mitchell, to regularly insult his son in law played by actor, Tony Booth.
The Monkees record label told the group that the song would not be released in the UK with that title, and an alternative title would be needed, hence the song’s title.
Miky Dolenz explained the lyrics as references to a party The Beatles threw for the group at a London nightclub called The Speakeasy.
The Beatles feature in the lyrics as ” the four kings of EMI ” and other attendees like Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas, who is referred as ” the girl in yellow dress “. Micky Dolenz’s future wife Samantha Juste is referred as ” She’s a wonderful lady “. The chorus consists of Dolenz screaming at an unseen long-haired youth.
All four members of the group play on ” Alternate Title “. Vocals were supplied by Micky along with drums and timpani ( kettledrums ), Davy Jones adds backing vocals, the guitar was by Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork on piano and organ.
In addition to the four members, the producer Chip Douglas of the group, The Turtles, added bass guitar.
Fellow band member Peter Tork has often said that it was his favourite track and it featured in the TV series and several greatest hits albums.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria ( Top 40 ) 14, Ultratop ( Charts ) 11, Germany Charts ( GfK Entertainment Charts ) 11, Irish Singles Chart 4, The Single Top 100 ( Dutch chart) 18, VG-lista ( Norway ) 2.
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