- Peter Tork revealed that his brother, Nick Thorkelson, wrote one of The Monkees’ songs.
- Tork felt the song’s message could change the world.
- He was upset that the track was not more widely available.
Peter Tork said one of The Monkees’ songs had the potential to change the world. The song was excluded from the standard track listing of one of The Monkees’ albums. After that, fans could still hear the track.
Peter Tork said one of The Monkees’ songs was about political issues
During a 2016 interview with The Baltimore Sun, Tork discussed The Monkees’ 2016 album Good times! He was upset that a song was banned from the standard edition of the album. “The song is called ‘[A] Better World,” and my brother Nick wrote it,” he said.
Tork explained the message of “A Better World”. “And the first thing the song says is there’s more than enough,” he said. ‘There is enough to feed all the hungry people. The difference is entirely political. And I am not mentioning a partisan group, but it is political. And its short-sightedness is the real cause of 97 percent of the world’s problems.”
Tork thought ‘A Better World’ had the potential to bring about change. “And I’m absolutely convinced that if the message got through, was just available, things could change here and there,” he said.
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Peter Tork revealed how fans could access the song
In a 2016 interview with Goldmine, Tork also mentioned “A Better World.” “It’s not on the CD, but it will be available in one of the exclusive editions for a number of retailers,” he said. For context, “A Better World” appeared on editions of Good times! available from FYE and Barnes & Noble.
Andrew Sandoval put on a string quartet [‘A Better World’] for the color,” continued Tork. “I think it’s a really good song and it’s easy to listen to. It’s not swollen or thick, but it’s very important.” Tork said the lyrics to “A Better World” were more “refined” than some of the Prefab Four’s previous works.
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How The Monkees’ “A Better World” Performed On The US And UK Charts
“A Better World” was never a single, so it didn’t make it to the Billboard Hot 100. None of the singles from Good times! or mapped. In the meantime, Good times! became a minor hit. It reached number 14 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for four weeks.
The Official Charts Company reports that “A Better World” failed to chart in the UK. In the meantime, Good times! reached number 29 in the UK. It spent a single week on the UK chart.
“A Better World” wasn’t one of The Monkees’ hits, but it carries a good message.
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