I hadn't seen Head since the 1980's. It's the 1968 Monkees film that was produced by BBS. Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz are The Monkees and their 1966 series had lasted 2 years. It was wild and goofy with sitcom type stories that have been pared down to a pretty basic plot so that there's time for some music. Head came out a couple of monthes after the show was cancelled. I had been a fan of the Monkees, I like the TV show, some of their pop songs were fun. I haven't really had the urge to watch the series since seeing some episodes in the 1980's. I like pop songs, then and now. The Monkees weren't the Beatles but they were fun enough. I wasn't buying records when the band was on TV, I might have bought a best of record at one point or another. I bought and sold a couple of thousand records over the years and I can't remember much of it now. I'd seen the movie when it was new and I recalled it with fond memories for years. When I saw it on VHS tape in the late 1980's I didn't care for the movie as much. Seeing it today doesn't improve that feeling too much.
It's like the film was tossed into a blender with all sort of little bits of other films and it congealed into the mass it is. It's surreal and psychodelic with short little scenes and lots of weird and wild bits of film in between. There are lots of quck cuts and occasionally scenes are filtered or solorized. There isn't much linear story, in fact it starts and ends at the same point. You could read much into it and still not get what was going on. There are several musical numbers that ok but they aren't ever going to be favorites or anything. It's certainly not going to appeal to the young teen Monkees fans. It bombed at the box office but over the years it's gained it's fans. Certainly as a relic of the end of the 60's it does ok.
The film was directed by Bob Rafelson who had been working on The Monkees tv show. Bob co-wrote the film with Jack Nicholson and the band. They set up in Ojai, maybe with some weed, and tossed all sorts of ideas around. Bob and Jack, with the aid of more drugs, turned that material into a screenplay. It was decided that only Bob and Jack would get the writing credit on the film. That created some friction between the band and the producers. The band didn't turn up for their first day of filming. Bob Rafelson talks a bit about it in an interview in the Extras on the Criterion DVD I got from the library. Bob talks for about 30 minutes about making the movie and that was very entertaining. There's a good documentary about BBS featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley. The commentary with the members of the band was entertaining too. I've put a link to the whole film on YouTube in the post so you can see what all the lack of fuss was about. Maybe you'll like it. Maybe you won't.