Ann Moses was the editor of Tiger Beat from 1966–1972, writing countless stories about The Monkees during their heyday. Ann also acted as Hollywood Correspondent to Britain's New Musical Express from 1968-1971. She has published a book which is now available on her website, and you can also purchase it on Amazon.
Lady Bird is a comedy/drama film starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, Lady Bird won for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Ronan), and also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Metcalf) and Best Screenplay. The Monkees' "As We Go Along," originally issued on the soundtrack to the group's 1968 film, Head (and as the B-side to "Porpoise Song (Theme from Head"), was featured in the trailer for Lady Bird, but sadly was not included in the film itself. It does still appear, however, on its soundtrack, which is now available digitally and soon on compact disc.
Here is the official trailer for Lady Bird, featuring "As We Go Along":
Carole King referenced the song and its soundtrack appearance on Twitter:
In an August 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Michael Nesmith spoke about his composition "Circle Sky," a key song from the soundtrack of The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head:
"I also wrote this one when we were performing. I wanted to explore the power trio of us. In a strange way, we were actually pretty good. Micky was a real garage-band drummer. I was a real scream-and-shout guitar player and Peter was a very precise player. He could play interesting lines and fills on the bass. The power trio that existed between us was seldom explored. The lyrics are about television and the corporate man."
In an August 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Peter Tork spoke about his composition "Can You Dig It," a highlight from the soundtrack of The Monkees' 1968 feature film, Head:
"This started as a set of changes I wrote in college and didn't know what to do with. Then one afternoon on the set of The Monkees we were making the TV show and I had my guitar in my dressing room. The basic lyrics came to me and these changes I had stored in the back of my brain spring forth and dictated that kind of vaguely Spanish/North African harmonic sense. I was writing about the great unknown source of all. It was perfect for the Head soundtrack."
Here's "Can You Dig It" as it appeared in Head:
Micky Dolenz sang the officially released version of the song, but Peter also recorded a vocal for it that finally saw the light of day in 1994 on Rhino's CD release of the Head soundtrack:
Peter demoed the song, without vocals, during sesssions for The Monkees' third LP, Headquarters:
"Can You Dig It" made its first live appearance in a Monkees concert during the group's 1987 summer tour with Peter handling lead vocals and Micky on drums:
Here, Peter, Micky, and Michael perform "Can You Dig It?" at the State Theatre Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey on November 30, 2012:
Mike's American flag shirt brings heat, Monkees on Vietnam, and Davy reveals the story behind "Head"
In the January 1969 issue of Tiger Beat, editor Ann Moses brings you the latest about The Monkees:
"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.