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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: The Troggs - 1966/67
Reaganite Republican ^
| December 17, 2010
| Reaganite Republican
Posted on 12/17/2010 10:19:07 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
The Troggs are an English rock band from the 60s known for timeless hits "Wild Thing", "Love Is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You", all million-selling singles.
The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England (originally The Troglodytes). The band formed in 1964, and were discovered by The Kinks' manager Larry Page the next year.
The most famous hit was surely the single "Wild Thing", #2 in the UK and #1 in the United States in July 1966. Its combination of a simple heavy guitar riff and flirtatious lyrics helped it to quickly become a garage rock standard. It was recorded in one complete take at Olympic Studios in London. Oddly -and due to a dispute over US distribution rights- "Wild Thing" was released (along with the first album of the same name) on two seperate labels: Fontana and Atco.
The band's success in the US was limited by not touring there until 1968, but they continued with a number of other hits such as "With a Girl Like You" (a UK #1 in July 1966, US#29) and "I Can't Control Myself" (UK #2 in September 1966).
Then came "Anyway That You Want Me" (UK #10 in December 1966), "Night of the Long Grass" (UK #17 in May 1967), and "Love Is All Around" (UK #5 in October 1967 and US number 7 in May 1968).
With further chart success eluding the band, they split up in March 1969. But after a couple solo efforts, the band reformed with a cover version of the Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations" that unfortunately did not catch-on. Then, a reggae version of "Wild Thing" also failed to chart.
In 1991, The Troggs recorded Athens Andover, an eleven-song collaboration between themselves and three members of R.E.M., released in March 1992. The Troggs then tried to make the most of the new exposure with bizarre collaborations on new versions of "Wild Thing", milking it dry with actor Oliver Reed, English snooker player Alex Higgins, then yet anther version the following year featuring Wolf from the TV show Gladiators, which actually reached #69 in the UK.
Today, The Troggs are considered a highly influential band whose sound was one inspiration for garage rock and punk rock. Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks, and American trailblazers The Ramones all cite them as a significant influence.
Jimi Hendrix also famously covered "Wild Thing" during their appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, introducing it as the British/American joint "national anthem", and climaxing with Hendrix burning his guitar... an iconic moment.
TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: music; oldies; rock; video
To: Reaganite Republican
Wild Thing was written by Chip Taylor, who is Jon Voight’s brother.
posted on 12/17/2010 10:21:06 AM PST
Thanks Warrior, a superb bit of trivia- didn’t know Voight was his brother
To: Reaganite Republican
posted on 12/17/2010 10:41:58 AM PST
Jon Voight..didn’t George Costanza buy a car that used to belong to him?
posted on 12/17/2010 10:44:42 AM PST
(Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
Chip Taylor also wrote "Angel of the Morning," recorded by a number of artists (most notably, Merrille Rush and the Turnabouts, Juice Newton, and, as re-worked, Shaggy).
He frequently records with the angelic-voiced Carrie Rodriguez of Austin, Texas.
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriquez, Wild Thing
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, Angel of the Morning (discussing the Shaggy version)
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriquez, Sweet Tequila Blues
posted on 12/17/2010 11:27:32 AM PST
(You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
Yeah....I have Red Dog Tracks. Taylor and Rodriguez do good work together.
posted on 12/17/2010 11:33:35 AM PST
Also my fave, Lori- I’m listening to it right now lol
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