Q. Your persistence—do you give up easily or never quit?
I don’t think I’ve ever given up on anything. The things I might have given up on, I really didn’t because I will go back to them. I’ll get them the next time around.
Q. Do you keep others waiting or are you usually punctual?
I went through a thing when I first came over here that I would always be on time. For the first couple of years in America I would always be the one to wait for other people. Time is really ridiculous anyway. Like if you allow yourself a half an hour to get dressed and it takes 35 minutes, the person who’s waiting for you has got to allow for that no matter who you are.
If the parking lot attendant goes to get my car and he forgets and he goes and gets somebody else’s on the way, I don’t get mad. My time right now is seven minutes before eleven and your time is six minutes before eleven. Everyone goes by a slightly different time, anyway. Mike bought us all watches and he’s always checking watches for the time. We all get synchronized and then Micky will say “…but that’s our time,” but it’s not other peoples’.
Q. Do you find it easy or difficult for you to express yourself?
Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s hard. Most of the time I can express what I’m trying to get at. I can’t always finish it off and make a complete sentence of it, but I plan to get the idea across and let the other person work their mind a little.
Q. When is it hard to express yourself?
It’s very hard to express myself with, say, a girl that I just met or when I try and tell a girl I really care. I mean I say “I love you” on the TV show and things like that and pretty soon it all sounds the same. It always comes off the same. If I say to someone, “I love you,” they don’t know for sure. It’s the same as someone saying to me “I love you.” I know they’re loving me because I’m Davy Jones, the Monkee, but are they also loving Davy Jones, Davy Jones? It’s getting harder to communicate with a date, because they get the wrong idea. I like to go out to dinner and take my girl home and kiss her goodnight on the step. After that it’s very hard to communicate my sincerity.
Q. Do you worry about what people think of you?
Yes, I suppose so. I think everybody does. If someone points something out to me that they think is bad, I’ll look at the situation and say to myself, “Perhaps they’re right.” If I have to think twice about something I know that person is right. But if I’m sure of what I’ve done or said and don’t have to think twice about it, I know that they’re wrong.
Q. What do you think are the most interesting things on TV today?
Nothing is very unique these days, but I like to watch Joe Pyne. (Editor’s note: Joe Pyne is a late night talk program often covering controversial subjects.) I like to see how people react to him.
Q. If you could have your own one-hour TV show, what would you do?
I’d like to have pop groups on and talk to them for at least 10 minutes afterwards. It would be very musically orientated, very Smothers Brothers-type, but going a little farther than the Smothers Brothers.
Q. What are some of the most uninhibited things you do?
I like to ride my motorcycle out by the beach with the cold air blowing against my face. Then I come home, take a bath, read Tiger Beat and go to sleep.
Q. If you could choose your future, would you choose to have a full and happy life until 60 or one with ups and downs until 80?
I’d like a full and happy life until 60. After 60 there can’t possibly be ups and downs that I wouldn’t be able to handle by then. By then I would really know where I was at!
Q. With whom would you like to trade places for 24 hours and why?
I’d like to trade places with the President of the United States so I could end the war in Viet Nam.
Q. Of all the songs you’ve sung, what song says the most to you?
“I Wanna Be Free” and “Early Morning Blues and Greens.” They more or less express the way I feel right now.
Q. What one thing frightens you most now?
There’s nothing that really frightens me.
Q. Where would you like to be if you could turn a time clock to anyplace you wanted?
I’d like to be one of the Knights of the Round Table.
Q. What do you have so much of you could afford to give some away?
Happiness and love.
This is the last issue of Monkee Spectacular but you can keep reading about Davy every month in TiGER BEAT and FaVE!