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Today Amazon released a new toy that embeds playlists of song samples directly into your web page. To celebrate, I've created my own special exhibit.

41 years of the Monkees song "Daydream Believer."

Amazon found over 50 versions, each strangely trying to mimick the vulnerable "cred" of Davy Jones.

Yes, it feels strange seeing a playlist that reads...
Daydream Believer
Daydream Believer
Daydream Believer
Daydream Believer
I thought the most interesting one was the first one (which Amazon is no longer hosting). In October of 2000 a bizarre tribute album assembled 15 hardcore indie bands for a "mid fidelity rock tribute" to the Monkees called Through the Looking Glass. And it was the band "Carter" which did its anthem-like dirge.

Here's my "liner notes" for the rest...

2. In 1968 anything sounded cutting edge if it included a sitar — and "Lord Sitar" was happy to oblige. He tucked the Monkees song in between his versions of "I am the Walrus" and "I Can See for Miles".

3. Off the 2005 album "Resolution [Explicit]," the alternative band Blue Kite imagines the song as a sinister and insinuating journey into their tortured souls of darkness.

4. Hey, British football fans. Rabid boosters of Sunderland recorded a tribute to manager Peter Reid which became a top-50 hit in 1999 after changing the title to "Cheer up, Peter Reid." They took their name from the teams' colors, calling themselves Simply Red (and White)

5. I've never heard of Mary Beth Maziarz, but in 2001 she did a Tori Amos-style piano-and-vocal ballad version as the last track of her album "A More Perfect World"

6. John Stewart joined the legendary Kingston Trio in the 1960s, and though you've never heard of him — he wrote "Daydream Believer." When he released a career retrospective in 1995, he titled it:

"Airdream Believer"

7. Santo and Johnny were born in the 1930s in Brooklyn. Their career peaked in 1959 with an early Gibson steel guitar recording called "Sleep Walk." After it reached #1, they cranked out novelty guitar albums throughout the rest of the 1960s — and they eventually got to "Daydream Believer" on "Santo and Johnny, Volume 6"

8. Anne Murray had a #1 hit in 1980. But nearly 30 years later, at the age of 63, she recorded a twangy country version with 20-year-old Canadian vocalist Nelly Furtado, launching the song into its fifth decade.

9. Buried on Amazon is this ultra-rare Davy Jones track, the "Millenial Dance Version" of Daydream Believer. Released as part of a three-song suite titled "Studio Versions of Monkee Songs," it's available only as an mp3.

10. Alan Merrill "played in several bands in Greenwich Village," according to Amazon before he became a Japanese TV host and soap opera actor. Alan also recorded with Rick Derringer and Meatloaf, and judging from this song — he's very sensitive.

11. The Monkees' original.

12. "Studio 99" is an artificial construct of the music industry. (Even more than the Monkees were.) They've issue entire "tribute" albums in which they mimick the sound of the Beatles, CCR, the Rolling Stones — and even ABBA.

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13. The band "Life in General" couldn't resist contributing their own version of the song. "This album is a slight departure for Life in General," writes their only fan on Amazon — but they still give the album five stars.

14. Daniel O'Donnell wants to share "The Best of his Rock and Roll Years" (now available as a bargain-priced mp3 album for just $6.99). The aging Davy Jones wannabe released the album in 2007 — very close to the song's 40th anniversary.

15. "Daydream Believer' is surprisingly popular on the karaoke circuit - - which is what attracted the karaoke producer "Ameritz" to issue their own singalong-friendly version just for bars.

16. Who are "The Hit Crew"? They're another music industry construct, best known for their concept album "Milf: Music I Like 2 F**k 2." But besides trashy album covers, they've also created their own version of this song.

Many of the rest of Amazon's matches are false postives — same title/different song, or alternate listings for the same song.

But the search returned over 72 matches — enough to fill nearly six entire albums.