That band was to be The Monkees.
The premise was, in the words of Dolenz, to produce \”a TV show about an imaginary band … that wanted to be The Beatles, [but] that was never successful\”.
The Beatles were music\’s gold standard; the Monkees would be a convenient fiat alternative.
Interestingly enough, given this week\’s reference to The Beatles, the word fiat comes from the Latin fiat, meaning \”let it be\” (or \”it shall be\”; but, since Paul McCartney didn\’t choose that as the title of his anthem to the assumption that everything will magically work out in the end, it\’s not quite as convenient for the purposes of my ramblings).
How did the fiat alternative to John, Paul, George, and Ringo fare? Well, the answer is perhaps somewhat surprising.