The ultimate in-joke song, this was written and sung by The Monkees drummer/vocalist Micky Dolenz. During a concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on November 10, 2012, Dolenz told the story behind the song when it introduced it on stage:
"Many years ago we had the pleasure of going over to the UK and meeting the royal family: The Beatles. And one night they threw us a party. I'm told I had a great time.
After the party, I went back to my hotel room and I noodled around and I wrote a song that I called 'Randy Scouse Git.'
When they were going to release it in England, they said, 'You have to change the title.' I said, 'Why?' They said, 'It's dirty.' I said, 'What do you mean? I saw it on a TV show.' They said, 'No, no. It's dirty. You have to change it to an alternate title.'
So in England it became a big hit and it's called, over in England, 'Alternate Title.' Here, it's still called 'Randy Scouse Git.' And loosely translated it means a horny Liverpudlian putz."
The TV show were Micky Dolenz heard the title phrase was Till Death Us Do Part, a sitcom that aired on the BBC. This program was the basis for the American show All in the Family.
The only offensive aspect of this song is the title, which doesn't appear in the lyrics. The song itself is stream of observations pieced together by Dolenz during the group's visit to England. Some of the references in the song:
The "Four Kings of EMI" were The Beatles, who recorded for EMI Records.
"She's a wonderful lady, and she's mine, all mine" relates to Micky's girlfriend at the time, Samantha Juste, who he married in 1968. The couple met when The Monkees performed on the British TV show Top Of The Pops, where Juste was on-air talent.
The "a girl in a yellow dress" was Mama Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas - she was also in England enjoying the scene.
In the UK, this was a huge hit for The Monkees, reaching #2 as "Alternate Title." In America, it was not released as a single.
The British slang words in the title, roughly translated, are as follows:
"Randy": Horny, in search of sex.
"Scouse": A person from the north of England.
"Git": Sort of a jerk, or an idiot.
When The Monkees performed the song on their TV show, Micky Dolenz was out front singing lead behind a tympani, while Davy Jones manned the drums. It was used in the episode "The Picture Frame," which aired on September 18, 1967.