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The Troggs

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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

    Oldies Party

    Oldies Party
    2 songs

    Classic Love Songs

    1 song

    Psychedelic

    2 songs

    '60s Oldies

    1 song

Albums by
The Troggs

Top Songs by
The Troggs

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