Though they came to their name via a song penned by Monkee Mike Nesmith, Propinquity was anything but a Columbia Pictures prefab. There were no auditions, Stephen Stills didn’t bail out over a publishing disagreement, and their lone album never conquered the US or UK charts. It barely escaped the Mountain Time zone at all. Pat Hubbard, Carla Sciaky, and Mel Stonebraker, true to their namesake, all grew up within a few houses of each other in the Del Mar area of Boulder, Colorado. And while the Monkees were busy fighting for the right to play with their instruments plugged in, a handful of students at Boulder High weren’t even concerning themselves with electricity.

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