Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Troggs, "Wild Thing"

It's Groovy, Man

Wild Thing
The Troggs with Muhammad Ali.
I don't really have any purpose behind pages like this other than to show legendary acts doing their things. In this case, it is The Troggs doing "Wild Thing." Call it a fan page, whatever.

Some things just need no explanation. Either you're in the mood for some groovy old tune or you're not. Here's your chance if you are.

"Wild Thing" was written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor. While it was first recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965, the  1966 cover by the English band The Troggs was the big hit.

Wild Thing

"Wild Thing" by the Troggs reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966 as the British Invasion hit third gear. The song peaked at No. 2 in Britain, showing that the Americans had better taste for the groove thing at that time.

Wild Thing

"Wild Thing" is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was an influence on garage rock and punk rock and continues to influence music to this day. You may be familiar with comedian Sam Kinison's classic 1988 rendition of "Wild Thing," so let's include that for comparison. The video includes cameos by the immortal Rodney Dangerfield and Jessica Hahn, among others. If you're a metal-head, you'll recognize the guys playing with Sam, but let's just say "Tommy Lee" and leave it at that.

Whatever happened to The Troggs? Well, it turns out that they're still together, but with a completely different lineup than in the 1960s (original guitarist Chris Britton still sits in occasionally). Lead singer Reg Presley, unfortunately, passed away on 4 February 2013 (aged 71).

Viva The Troggs!

Wild Thing


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