Jack Nicholson Co-Wrote a Movie Starring the Monkees Inspired by Drug Trips

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Jack Nicholson is most generally known as an actor however he additionally wrote a trippy film with the Monkees. According to Monkees member Peter Tork, the movie might have been designed to destroy the Prefab Four’s picture. Here’s how Nicholson obtained together with one of many Monkees — and the way the general public reacted to the film. 

Jack Nicholson wearing a suit jacket
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What Mike Nesmith of the Monkees thought of Jack Nicholson

Nicholson has portrayed the whole lot from the Joker to an ax-wielding maniac to Satan himself. While many have seen his movies, some don’t learn about his connection to the Monkees. In an interview with Inquisitr, Monkee Mike Nesmith described how he obtained together with Nicholson.

“When Jack got here on the scene of The Monkees‘ TV manufacturing, he was not but well-known and was one of many few folks I met who appeared self-aware and grounded. At the identical time, his demeanor and humorousness was distinctive and like catnip for me. I believed he was the good man, and since this was lengthy earlier than the time period bromance entered the US lexicon, some folks in my crowd of pals thought my fascination with him was past the pale.”

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“I’m a Believer”

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Was ‘Head’ designed to destroy the Monkees?

One time, the Monkees obtained excessive and Nicholson recorded what they needed to say. He reworked these conversations right into a screenplay for a surrealist movie referred to as Head. Oddly, the movie contains the Monkees criticizing themselves for being “manufactured.” In an interview with The Guardian, Tork stated the movie’s creation might have been motivated by Monkees creators Bob Rafelson and Bert Schnieder getting sick of the Prefab Four.

“There’s some weight behind the idea that Bob and Bert wanted to wreck the Monkees, to stop it cold in its tracks,” says Tork. “I’ve never known for sure. Bert and Bob might have thought out loud: ‘Let’s kill the Monkees!’ Or they may have not thought so out loud but at some unconscious level, they were sick of the Monkees and wanted to do something else.”

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“Daddy’s Song”

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How the general public reacted to ‘Head’ and its soundtrack

Head was a box-office failure. It produced the soundtrack album of the identical identify, which didn’t fare properly both, regardless of together with nice songs like “Porpoise Song (Theme from Head). It solely reached No. 45 on the Billboard 200, which was a step down from earlier Prefab Four albums that charted at No. 1. 

Although Head carried out poorly on the field workplace, it has stood the take a look at of time. It’s obtainable for buy as a part of the Criterion Collection, a intellectual line of DVDs and Blu-rays of acclaimed films. Quentin Tarantino has praised the movie.

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“Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)”

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In addition, the music from its soundtrack has resonated a minimum of considerably, with “Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)” showing on the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky. Nicholson didn’t craft a field workplace hit for the Monkees, however Head’s fame appears to be rising.

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