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