The Monkees' 1968 film Head
came at a time when the group was in decline, and the television programme itself had been cancelled.
was a box office disaster, but a reasonable critical success, the reason for its initial lack of mainstream popularity being that the group wanted to do something different from their usual television show, so went for a weird surreal style, which put off many fans, while those who were not fans didn't want to see the film because they thought it would
be like the TV show. It has since become a cult favourite.
This soundtrack, which is co-ordinated by Jack Nicholson, successfully puts across the offbeat style of the film, with snippets of dialogue dispersed between the six songs.
The dreamy “Porpoise Song (Theme from ‘Head’)” stands out, but Davy Jones' “Daddy’s Song” is jovial (despite being about a boy being abandoned by his father), and Peter Tork is finally given his due, having his largest input of all Monkees albums, writing two of the tracks and singing one (that might not sound like much, but he was most likely over the moon). The song itself, "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again", is a somewhat reckless rocker that maybe had Tork letting all his frustrations out. Well, some of them.
The finishing string piece is a fittingly quirky conclusion to an interesting and enjoyable record, showing The Monkees were more than what they appeared on the surface.
Tork, who was never really that happy with the group and was sadly underused, left after this, leaving the other three to keep going, fighting a losing battle, although the rest of their albums shouldn't be dismissed completely. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor