Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Herman's Hermits - Herman's Hermits '66

Herman's Hermits were an English pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as 'Herman & The Hermits'. The group's management and producer Mickie Most (who controlled the band's output) emphasized a simple, non-threatening and clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers (according to Keith Hopwood on VH1's My Generation episode on the band). This helped Herman's Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s but hampered the band's creativity, relegating Noone, Hopwood, Leckenby and Green's original songs to quickly recorded B-Sides and album cuts.

Their first hit was "I'm Into Something Good" (written by US songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King), which reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 13 in the US in 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US No. 1's with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" (originally sung by Tom Courtenay in a 1963 British TV play) and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" (a British Music Hall song by Harry Champion dating from 1911). These songs were aimed at a US fan-base, with Peter Noone exaggerating his Manchester accent; the band was not fond of either song and they were never released as singles in Britain

Herman's Hermits were one of those odd 1960's groups that accumulated millions of fans, but precious little respect. Indeed, their status is remarkably similar to that of the Monkees and it's not a coincidence that both groups' music was intended to appeal to younger teenagers. The difference is that as early as 1976, the Monkees began to be considered cool by people who really knew music; it has taken 35 years for Herman's Hermits to begin receiving higher regard for their work. Of course, that lack of respect had no relevance to their success: 20 singles lofted into the Top 40 in England and America between 1964 and 1970, 16 of them in the Top 20, and most of those Top Ten as well. Artistically, they were rated far lower than the Hollies, ... Read More...
Japan Compilation 1993 
01. Just A Little Bit Better
02. Heartbeat
03. I'll Never Dance Again
04. I Know Why
05. Take Love Give Love
06. Thinking Of You
07. The Man With The Cigar
08. A Must To Avoid
09. Mother In Law
10. Tell Me Baby
11. I Wonder
12. Your Hand In Mine
13. Don't Try To Hurt Me
14. There's A Kind Of Hush
15. No Milk Today
16. Museum
17. Don't Go Out Into The Rain (You're Going To Melt)
18. I Can't Take Or Leave Your Lovin'
19. Something Is Happening
20. My Sentimental Friend
21. Years May Come, Years May Go
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