You can always trust the Monkees to do something out of the ordinary. I first heard about the new single over the phone, and naturally assumed that the title was spelt just like the girl’s name, Valerie. But, shortly after we’d gone to press on the last issue, the original Colgems pressing, which had been airmailed from America, was plonked on my desk, and there was the title of the A side spelt, VALLERIE!(Actually Valleri) But at least everyone in England got it wrong as well, so I don’t feel too bad.
Most of the photos in this issue were shot while Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter were on location for their film. Our photographer happened to be there when they were shooting a war scene. All the Monkees were togged up in army uniforms with G.I. tin helmets on their heads and rifles in their hands. The make-up boys had also been to town and had made them look as though they had been fighting a three-day battle—real rugged and covered in grime.
But, don’t think the film is going to be a war picture. These scenes are from only one incident out of many that you will be seeing on your screens when the film is finally shown.
It’s Davy’s turn this month to talk to you on the transatlantic phone. He’s given some very unusual and intimate details of his Hollywood home and he has also sent me some great pictures so that you can all see exactly what he is talking about.
P.S. Don’t forget—next issue on sale May 6th.