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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s confession time. I have never seen HEAD, the odd counter-culture Monkees movie directed by Bob Rafelson. I mean, I’m not totally clueless. I’ve seen trailers, clips and musical numbers from the film, but it’s one that I have somehow avoided front to finish.

From what I have seen, it’s going to hit some of my personal favorite buttons pretty squarely. I love music of this time, I love the counter-cultural snark of this time and above all I really dig the purposeful weirdness of this era.

I grew up on a steady diet of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Monkees and have come as close as I can to seeing all three of them in concert. I’ve seen Paul McCartney a few times live, The Beach Boys were my first concert in the early ‘80s and I got to take my mom to see The Monkees when they toured in the aughts.

Since Davy Jones recently passed away, I figured I’d pay my respects with a little picture of The Monkees hanging out with the writer of HEAD, who looks suspiciously like Jack Nicholson… Wait, it IS Jack Nicholson!

Yep, so here’s The Monkees hanging out with Nicholson, who would later follow direct Rafelson over to Five Easy Pieces.

Good-bye, Davy. Your impact on pop music is undeniable. You will be missed.



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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • March 1, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    King Kong tomorrow...

    by FilmFanatik

    RIP Davy Jones.

  • March 1, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    And I thought I was being so clever with that clue...

  • March 1, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    Neat pic. And well timed. Looking back, as I suppose all nostalgia fueled topics do, this makes me feel like I've lived more than one life...this was definitely the "before" life...before cynicism and fear and pain and sadness. How fortunate I am, though, to have great memories. Some don't even have that. RIP Davy

  • March 1, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Crap! Messed up the post title again...and...first!

    by Michael

  • March 1, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Cool pic

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 1, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    OK not first either! lol

    by Michael

    Still a great pic.

  • March 1, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    HEAD is like a Monty Python movie before there was Monty Python.

    by SnootyBoots

    Which is saying something.

  • March 1, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Will I be banned....

    by Quackfu

    if I say Davy Jones caught the last train to Clarksville?

  • March 1, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    That's ok Quint...

    by FilmFanatik

    I'm sure a lot of people didn't get it.

  • March 1, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I just looked up Bob Rafelson's filmography. Holy fuck!

    by Royston Lodge

    After he created The Monkees, he went fuckin' dark! The weirdness of The Monkees gets even weirder...

  • March 1, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Geoff Clingan

    Do yourself a favour and watch it in its entirety as soon as you can. I managed to catch it on the big screen in the early 90's and words failed me when trying to explain it to friends who had never seen it. Unfortunately I still know very few who have witnessed the insanity. Worth it for "Circle Sky" and Zappa's cameo alone. The BBS box set from Criterion features it in Criterion glory.

  • March 1, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Mike Nesmith also went weird after The Monkees

    by Royston Lodge

    Anybody ever see Elephant Parts? It was intentionally straight-to-video and it won a Grammy in 1981.

  • March 1, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Nicholson has that 'Jack Torrance' look on his face.


  • This was during the Vietnam War remember.

  • And Archie Bunker's daughter's boyfriend, Meathead, would later direct Jack in A Few Good Men.

  • March 1, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Here's a great scene with Nicholson --

    by MooseMalloy

  • March 1, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The one thing that sucks about Head

    by slappy magoo

    ...and no double entendre intended, is some ham-handed analogy in the beginning of the movie that implies that being a rock and roll band on tour is a lot like being a soldier going off to battle. Now, I'm not a whiner because I'm not fronting a band right now. And I'm sure being in a band on tour is a somewhat unique situation with unique types of stresses that most people would not and could not understand. I'm sure it's not always glamorous, often disheartening, the pain of homesickness occupying your thoughts and so on. The Monkees won't be the first band or the last to equate life on the road as some sort of battle where you develop a foxhole mentality with the people you're thrown in with for the duration... I'm also sure some guy in Walter Reed who had his arms and legs blown off by an land mine never thought to himself "Yeah, you know who knows exactly what this feels like? The Monkees. After all, they had to tour and only two of them really knew how to play their instruments." But yeah this is probably not the time for that. I'm as much of a nerd for the Monkees as most people my age. I'd even hazard there are more guys my age who like the Monkees NOW than there were when we were young, too young to have seen the shows new, but always looking forward to summers when they'd come back in syndication, but you had pressures from the kewl kidz to reject them for being a manufactured band without ever being able to appreciate the craftsmanship of the songs or the effort they made to transcend their prefab roots. Listening to their greatest hits on 8-track and being pissed that "Pleasant Valley Sunday" was split between two tracks so you had to deal with fade-out during the bridge the -CHUNK!- of the track switch, then the fade back up. I've had every album of theirs on my Droid for quite a while, and I listen to them often with my 3 year old daughter. I (don't tell anyone) auditioned for the New Monkees back in 198...6? 7? I think 86 and it aired in 87, I don't remember, I'm old, it was a day in New York City and I was so stupid I used a class photo as a head shot. But in their way they were as much of an influence of my attitude and personality as Python/SNL back then. Part of my DNA, so thanks to all of them, thanks to all the songwriters, the producers and session musicians and sleep well you maraca shaking ladykiller you...

  • March 1, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Here's the pic Harry is posting tomorrow -

    by Orionsangels

    No here it is -

  • March 1, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Requiescat in pace, Davy

    by dukeroberts

    I was a big fan of The Monkees TV show when MTV started showing it in the 80's. It always bothered me that people dissed their music as being fake or manufactured pop. Regardless of being cast as a band, their music was great and each Monkee was talented in their own way. Davy had a great voice and could shake a tambourine and maraca like nobody's bidness. He is also the reason we have Anton Chekhov. Thank you for all of the fun and music you gave us throughout the years, Davy. You will be missed.

  • Yes this is what people get paid for in the 2000's. Searching shit on Google and writing about it.

  • March 2, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Quint re: Tomorrow's Pic

    by lochkray

    No blackface this time, I hope. Right? Right?

  • March 2, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Peter Tork possessed by the spirit of Kevin Spacey!

    by Royston Lodge

    This clip is so weird:

  • March 2, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy: Dennis Hopper's also in that clip.

    by Royston Lodge

    More weirdness.

  • March 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by Bob Cryptonight

    Thanks, Ain't It Cool!! Good choice for a Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day!

  • March 2, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Peter Tork invented White Out. FACT!!

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    not sure what he's doing now that computers have replaced typewriters, but nonetheless, he invented White Out.

  • March 2, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy- HEAD was rated G.

    by SnootyBoots

    They show a moment of real violent death and got a G rating. Filmmakers who find themselves appealing a rating should make a note of that.