Who remembers searching for The Monkees on the World Wide Web after first gaining access to the internet? Perhaps you were running Windows 95, using the Netscape Navigator browser, and searching "Monkees" on Excite, Yahoo, or WebCrawler? Ahhh, yes, the 1990s.
Let's go back in time and take a look at some of those original Monkees websites that provided news, photos, history, fanfic, online chat rooms, mailing lists, guestbooks, and more. Most of the sites highlighted below are pages I remember visiting during that time period, but it's by no means an exhaustive rundown. There were an abundant amount of Monkees places to visit online in the '90s.
I'm sure everyone will agree that the webmasters of these classic sites deserve our thanks and appreciation for bringing The Monkees into the Information Age. Job well done! If you are one of those webmasters, please feel free to leave a comment and provide further information on the history of your Monkees website.
The Monkees Home Page
Brad Waddell's The Monkees Home Page must be at the top of the list - how exciting it was to find this website in 1995, one that provided updates from Maggie McManus of Monkee Business Fanzine, featured transcripts of Monkees news articles (including Goldmine magazine's rundown of each of Rhino's 1994/1995 CD reissues of the original Monkees LPs), and more. There were pictures of all four Monkees at Rhino's platinum awards ceremony in January 1995, song lyrics, an episode guide, and links to Monkees sites around the web. The Monkees Home Page, of course, is still live on the web. A big thanks to Brad for all of his work since 1994!
Mr. Zero's Monkees Page
Joe Alterio's website was another of my favorites. It was here that I first read the interview with Sam Rhodes of Sam & The Goodtimers, the band that supported The Monkees on tour in 1969. Fascinating! Remember, this was the late 1990s, an era before the publication of Andrew Sandoval's book, and a time when relatively little information was available on the '69 tour. Mr. Zero's provided a set list and a schedule of dates. I'd like to thank Joe who shared his interview with Sam Rhodes (and rare pictures from the 1969 tour) so they could be preserved here on The Monkees Live Almanac.
Auntie Grizelda's Monkees Audio, Video & Picture Page
Micky asks FLASH or HTML? If you had a slow dial-up connection, you went with HTML!
Michael Nesmith Home Page
This site, dedicated to Nez, was also operated by Brad Waddell.
Nezgirl's Monkees Shrine of Grooviness
...And Then Along Came...Jones
Michael Nesmith The Solo Years
Regional Girl's Monkees House
Though not from the 1990s, the official Monkees website finally made its online debut in 2006. It featured rare photographs, news updates, special offers, merchandise, and podcasts hosted by Andrew Sandoval, including a three-part interview with Michael Nesmith. There was talk of fans being able to download rare tracks from the vault at Monkees.com, but that never came to fruition.
The Official Peter Tork Website
Peter's site is "Under Construction," a notice so often posted on webpages in the '90s.
John Moore's Monkeemania Page
If I'm recalling correctly, this site was nicely organized and offered a lot of different options, including a link to alt.music.monkees. (Remember Usenet newsgroups?!)
Here's what Michael's official home on the web looked like in the summer of 1997. Check it out in its current form.
Davy's Dream Web
Davy's official site - with the option of a 'High Graphics' or 'Low Graphics' entrance!
The Monkees Collector's Home Page
The Monkees Collector's Home page was a diverse website that once featured a very active discussion board. It remains on the internet today.
The Frodis Room
The Monkees Film & TV Vault
Debuting in October 1997, Aaron Handy's The Monkees Film & TV Vault is still going strong and is one of the best online Monkees resources.
Andrew "Hoo" Chempinski kept everyone up to date on Micky, and the site is still available online.
Good Clean Fun
Smil3e's Monkees Mania
The Monkees Web Ring
And we conclude with the famous Monkees Web Ring! Who else always hit the 'random' button?