"As We Go Along," a highlight from the soundtrack to The Monkees' 1968 film Head, is featured in the trailer for Lady Bird, which arrives in theaters on November 10. Thanks to Lee Baber for the heads-up!
Each member of The Monkees had a stand-in during filming of their television series. Michael Nesmith's original stand-in was John London, but in 1967 London joined the Lewis & Clarke Expedition, a country rock group that also included Michael Martin Murphey, an old friend of Michael's and the songwriter responsible for "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (and "Oklahoma Backroom Dancer").
Nesmith's brother-in-law, Bruce Barbour, replaced John London as Mike's stand-in on The Monkees during the second season and while filming the movie Head (as seen in the photo below). Barbour went on to become a respected Hollywood stunt man.
Nez also talks about The Monkees' 1968 film, Head:
“It was an attempt to do harm. I knew that these guys, Bert [Schneider] and Bob [Rafelson], were up to no good. And I don’t mind it being in the public record,” he says. “But the thing that I did love about it was the way that it recovered, the way it redeemed itself. It had something in it that was never gonna die, that wacko absurdity, and it remains compartmentalized. You open the silo that Head lives in and there’s no other movie in there.”
In 2010, Head was included in a Criterion Collection box set, America Lost & Found: The BBS Story, which highlighted the films of Bob Rafelson & Bert Schneider and Steve Blauner. This poster was created to promote the DVD and Blu-ray releases, as well as a screening of Head at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in New York.
Here are The Monkees on The Hy Lit Show from Philadelphia on Monday, November 18, 1968:
Here's what Rodney Bingenheimer played -- and who called in -- during the last installment of 'Rodney on the ROQ'
The Monkees visited the station on May 16, 1968, the day before the live concert filming of "Circle Sky."
SirQ shared his alternate cover design for the Head soundtrack with the Live Almanac: