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(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone by The Monkees

Album: More Of The MonkeesReleased: 1966Charted:
  • Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart wrote this, but intended it for Paul Revere And The Raiders. Boyce and Hart also wrote The Monkees hits "Last Train To Clarksville" and "Valleri."
  • This is about a girl who walks all over a guy who decides he's not going to take it any more.
  • Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz sang lead, and was the only Monkee to perform on the song. In their early years, The Monkees songs were usually recorded by top session musicians. The Monkees had a popular TV show where their songs (including this one) aired, which helped them climb the charts.
  • In their later years, The Sex Pistols performed this with Sid Vicious singing lead. >>
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    mike s. - lone pine, CA
  • British group The Farm had their first hit with a 1990 remake of this called "Stepping Stone."
  • Monkees keyboardist/bass guitarist Peter Tork on the song's relevance: "The songs that we got [in the '60s] were really songs of some vigor and substance. '(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone' is not peaches and cream. It comes down hard on the subject, poor girl. And the weight of the song is indicated by the fact that the Sex Pistols covered it. Anybody trying to write ''60s songs' now thinks that you have to write '59th St. Bridge.' [Sings] 'Feeling groovy!' Which is an okay song, but has not got a lot of guts. 'Stepping Stone' has guts."
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Comments: 16

Jun 2015,

I was a young idiot when their show came out on reruns when I was a kid in the 70s, so of course I loved it.

But I've always thought this was their best song and wished Mikey sang lead more.
Markantney - Biloxe
Carbeau?Killer - Baltimore
I just listened to the version of this song that Paul Revere and the Raiders recorded in January of 1966 (months before the Monkees existed) and it's very obvious that Boyce and Hart used virtually the same arrangement for it that the Raiders did.Esskayess - Dallas, Tx
Regardless of who wrote what for who, don't you like this song?
Jeeze, nobody knew for a long time that Lionel Ritchie wrote Kenny Rogers' songs (hits). I wrote some for someone else too. Who cares? Do you like the song? That's all that needs to be said and heard.
The Monkees are a part of American culture - admit it or not, like it or not.
Dan - Las Vegas, Nv
one of my favorites.Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
I'm pretty sure that Peter is not the voice screaming "no". It is probably Boyce, Hart or one of the session guys who sing all the backing voices on the track. In those early days, the Monkee who would be the lead voice was usually overdubbed onto the music track that was performed by the session players. I believe Boyce and Hart played instruments on their compositions as did Carol King, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and many other composers.Michael - Levittown, Ny
sounds like peter screaming no in the song so that would make it at least 2 minkees on the songMike - Stevenson Ranch, Ca
micky dolenz is the best vocalist for this fun group....too bad about losing the show...davey wasnt bad, but a little bubble gum...good for the girls i guess....Darren - North Delta, Bc
This sound's like a song Bob Dylan would have wrote and sung...Dakota - Mansfield, Oh
The Monkees were never given enough credit for what they did do, which was great music and people focus too much on the fact that (in the beginning) they had no control and had to do what they were told. Props to them for finally taking control.Jim - Christchurch, New Zealand
I became a Monkees fan after i 1st heard of them from a classmate as I bought all their albums. This song was one of my favesLarry - Coral Springs, Fl
I don't have an I podBarbara - Fort Collins, Co
I have always loved the MonkeesBarbara - Fort Collins, Co
The Sex Pistols performed (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone early in their career rather than later and the vocals were performed by John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) not Sid Vicious. Sid performed the song after he left the Sex Pistols with his band The Idols in New York after the Sex Pistols disbanded.James - Seattle, Wa
Don't know if it was actually intended for Paul Revere & The Raiders, but this song was released one year earlier by that band as a track on their "Midnight Ride" album.John - Lansing, Mi
Never been a huge fan of the Monkeys, but they were given some good songs, and this is one of them.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
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