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The Troggs

Remembered chiefly as proto-punkers who reached the top of the charts with the "caveman rock" of "Wild Thing" (1966), the Troggs were also adept at crafting power pop and ballads. Hearkening back to a somewhat simpler, more basic British Invasion approach as psychedelia began to explode in the late '60s, the group also reached the Top Five with their flower-power ballad "Love Is All Around" in 1968. While more popular in their native England than the U.S., the band also fashioned memorable, insistently riffing hit singles like "With a Girl Like You," "Night of the Long Grass," and the notoriously salacious "I Can't Control Myself" between 1966 and 1968. Paced by Reg Presley's lusting vocals, the group -- which composed most of their own material -- could crunch with the best of them, but were also capable of quite a bit more range and melodic invention than they've been given credit for. Hailing from the relatively unknown British town of Andover, the Troggs hooked up with manager/producer Larry Page (who was involved in the Kinks' early affairs) in the mid-'60s. After a flop debut single, they were fortunate enough to come across a demo of Chip Taylor's "Wild Thing" (which had already been unsuccessfully recorded by the Wild Ones). In the hands of the Troggs, "Wild Thing" -- with its grungy chords and off-the-wall ocarina solo -- became a primeval three-chord monster, famous not only in its original hit Troggs version, but in its psychedelic revamping by Jimi Hendrix, who used it to close his famous set at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. "Wild Thing" made number one in the States, but the Troggs' momentum there was impeded by a strange legal dispute which saw their early records simultaneously released on two different labels. Nor did it help that the band didn't tour the U.S. for a couple of years. As a consequence, the fine follow-up singles "With a Girl Like You" and "I Can't Control Myself" didn't do as well as they might have. In Britain, it was a different story -- they were smashes, although "I Can't Control Myself" had such an open-hearted lust that it encountered resistance from conservative radio programmers all over the globe. The Troggs tempered their image on subsequent ballads, which utilized a sort of pre-"power ballad" approach. These weren't bad, and a few of them were British hits, but they weren't as fine as the initial blast of singles which established the band's image. "Love Is All Around," which restored them to the American Top Ten in 1968, was their finest effort in this vein. It was also their final big hit on either side of the Atlantic. But the Troggs would keep going for a long, long time. In a sense they were handicapped by their image -- they were not intellectuals, certainly, but they weren't dumb either. They wrote most of their songs, and their albums were reasonably accomplished, if hardly up to the level of the Kinks or Traffic, containing some nifty surprises like the gothic ballad "Cousin Jane," or the tongue-in-cheek psychedelia of "Maybe the Madman." By 1970, though, they were struggling. They continued to release a stream of singles, most of which had a straightforward simplicity that was out of step with the progressive rock of the time, all of which flopped, though some were fairly good. The Troggs' image as lunkheads couldn't have been helped by the notorious Troggs Tapes, a 12-minute studio argument that was captured on tape while the band were unawares. The Spinal Tap-like dialog helped keep their cult alive, though, and as punk gained momentum in the mid-'70s, they gained belated appreciation as an important influence on bands like the Ramones and (earlier) the MC5. They found enough live work (sometimes on the punk/new wave circuit) to keep going, although their intermittent records generally came to naught. In 1992, they rose to their highest profile in ages when three members of R.E.M., which had covered "Love Is All Around," backed the Troggs on the comeback album Athens Andover. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Stations Featuring
The Troggs

    British Invasion

    British Invasion
    4 songs

    Classic Summer Songs

    Classic Summer Songs
    1 song

    Oldies Hits

    Oldies Hits
    2 songs

    Classic Love Songs

    Classic Love Songs
    1 song


    2 songs

    '60s Oldies

    1 song

Albums by
The Troggs

Top Songs by
The Troggs

  1.   Song
  2.   Wild Thing
  3.   Love Is All Around
  4.   With a Girl Like You
  5.   I Can't Control Myself
  6.   I Just Sing
  7.   Lost Girl
  8.   Surprise Surprise
  9.   Love Is All Around From "Cuatro Bodas Y Un Funeral"
  10.   Anoche
  11.   The Troggs - Wild thing
  12.   Louie, Louie
  13.   Any Way That You Want Me
  14.   Whit a Girl Like You
  15.   The Troggs - With a girl like you
  16.   Medley-Louie, Louie-Hang on Sloopy-Twist & Shout-Any Way You Want Me-The Game of Love
  17.   Disco Kid
  18.   Love Is All Around Us
  19.   Medley: Louie Louie/Hang on Sloopy/Shout/You Want Me/Game of Love
  20.   Save the Last Dance for Me
  21.   Widge You
  22.   Hot Days
  23.   Feels Like a Woman
  24.   You Can Cry If You Want To
  25.   I Want You
  26.   Hi Hi Hazel
  27.   4 Bodas Y 1 Funeral From "Love Is All Around"
  28.   Night of the Long Grass
  29.   What You Doin' There
  30.   Con una Chica Como Tú
  31.   Loves Is All Around
  32.   60's Medley - Louie Louie / Hang On Sloopy / Twist And Shout / Any Way That You Want Me / The Game Of Love
  33.   Maximum Overdrive
  34.   Any Way You Want Me
  35.   As I Ride By
  36.   The Kitty Cat Song
  37.   Last Night
  38.   Little Pretty Thing
  39.   Strange Movies
  40.   Walking the Dog
  41.   I Can Only Give You Everything
  42.   Your Love
  43.   From Home
  44.   Give It to Me
  45.   Girl in Black
  46.   Gonna Make You
  47.   66-5-4-3-2-1
  48.   Wild Ting
  49.   Little Girl
  50.   Jingle Jangle
  51.   Louie Louie Medley: Louie Louie; Hang On Sloopy; Twist & Shout; Any Way That You Want Me; The Game Of Love; Louie Louie
  52.   When Will the Rain Come
  53.   02 - The Troggs - Strange Movie
  54.   With a Girl Like You (1967)
  55.   Cualquier Manera Que Usted Me Quiere
  56.   The Disco Kid Versus Sid Chicane
  57.   Troggs on 45
  58.   Pretty Little Thing
  59.   Save The Last Dance
  60.   Always Something There to Remind Me
  61.   I Do I Do
  62.   You're Lyin'
  63.   I Do Do
  64.   I Love You Baby
  65.   Bass for My Birthday
  66.   Maybe the Madman
  67.   Lover
  68.   Come Now
  69.   When I'm With You
  70.   Our Love Will Still Be There
  71.   Jaguar and Thunderbird
  72.   Se Siente Como una Mujer
  73.   Te Amo Bebé
  74.   Ride Your Pony
  75.   Evil
  76.   I Don't
  77.   Cousin Jane
  78.   Extrañas Películas
  79.   Black Bottom
  80.   What You Doin' Here
  81.   Bass para Mi Cumpleaños
  82.   The Yella in Me