Monkey Shines

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Monkey Shines
ReleaseThe Aftermath
Release date2008-05-29
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This article is about the Jonathan Coulton song. For the fictional short-lived TV series starring Jonathan Coulton, see Monkey Shines (TV show).

"Monkey Shines" is Jonathan Coulton's entry to the Round 1 Challenge of the song writing competition, Masters of Song Fu. It was included on Coulton's collection of unreleased tracks, The Aftermath.


The Round 1 Challenge was announced on May 20, 2008. The challenge was:

You must do a song in the style of a classic television show. Not only that, but this song is the theme for a fictional television show about yourself (or your band). By "classic television show" theme song, we mean the type of themes found in shows from the 1960's - 1980's (ie Gilligan's Island, Cheers, The Fall Guy, Diff'rent Strokes, Welcome Back Kotter, Greatest American Hero, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Facts Of Life, Green Acres, Gimme A Break, The Monkees, etc.). Your theme song must include both lyrics and music. It must run no shorter than 30 seconds, and no longer than one (1) minute.

Jonathan included the pitch for his "show" in announcing the song on his blog:

I am a stuffy, middle aged bachelor with an enormous inheritance. The monkey is a charming but unpredictable rake, who is also a master thief. In the pilot episode he is arrested while trying to steal my collection of jewels. He charms the judge, who much to my dismay orders that as a condition of his probation, the monkey must become my butler. Hilarity ensues as we try to live together, each of us coming to learn and appreciate the other's perspective on life.


The MP3 is free to download from the Quick Stop Entertainment site and is also available for purchase at the store.


Masters of Song Fu
1. Monkey Shines - 2. Big Dick Farts a Polka - 3. Space Doggity - 4. Always the Moon
The Aftermath
1. Octopus - 2. Re: Vos Cerveaux - 3. My Beige Bear - 4. Lady Aberlin's Muumuu - 5. Washy Ad Jeffy - 6. Monkey Shines - 7. Big Dick Farts a Polka - 8. Space Doggity - 9. Always the Moon - 10. Blue Sunny Day