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June 26, 2009


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Anthony Pomes

There's the great 1967 track by The Monkees called "Randy Scouse Git" with the urgent refrain "Why don't you cut your hair?!" sung stridently (and judgmentally) by some unseen AUTHORITY FIGURE . . . this was the first song that drummer/vocalist/actor Micky Dolenz wrote while in The Monkees for their third album HEADQUARTERS (and the last song of this record, incidentally - the first on which the band recorded nearly all the instruments themselves). This song had to be called "Untitled" in the UK because "Randy Scouse Git" was considered a little too obscene of a title in British lingo - interestingly, the song went to #2 in the UK charts back in '67 but there were no singles released from HEADQUARTERS in the US at all. Was this because the Pre-Fab Four had lobbied (successfully) to have initial Monkees hitmaker and producer Don Kirshner removed from involvement in their music and replaced by former Turtles bassist Chip Douglas? Hard to say . . . as for other songs with "hair" references, though, let's also remember Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's track "Who Needs the Peace Corps" from the WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY album (with the SGT. PEPPER'S... Beatles album parody), in which a voice excitedly observes of himself "Oh, my hair is getting good in the back!" while we also have three "hair" references in the following Beatles tracks: ABBEY ROAD's "Come Together" ("...he's got hair down to his knees"); THE BEATLES a.k.a. THE WHITE ALBUM's "Don't Pass Me By" (in which the great Mr. Starkey warbles to his beloved "You were in a car crash, and you lost your hair"); and REVOLVER's "Here, There, and Everywhere" (where Sir Paul sings "There, running my hands through her hair . . ."). Pretty hairy indeed!

Gina DiSarro

I think "It Must Have Been the Roses," by the Grateful Dead, is a better "Hair" song than Scarlet Begonias.
"I don't know, it must have been the roses. Roses and the ribbons, in her long brown hair."

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