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