"Mike and Davy had splendid timing. They should've been the rhythm section. I'm a better guitar player than Mike; he should've been the drummer or the bass player and Davy the drummer. His time was fabulous, and he learned anything you wanted him to do. There were times we said, 'Geez, I want to play keyboard. Mike's on guitar, Micky's...we need a bass player! Davy, put your fingers here, pluck now.' Boom! He'd play bass that night. Micky should've been down in front — and he can play guitar. He should've been the rhythm guitar player."
-Peter Tork, in an interview with Guitar World (2013)
Here's a Monkees photo book in my collection that comes from Japan. It's dated 1967, and from what I can tell, it is from that year and wasn't published during the early '80s resurgence of The Monkees in Japan.
Interview with Wayne Avers