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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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Albums by
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    Wild Thing

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    Best of British: The Troggs

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    Anthology

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    Wild Thing - 19 Classic Tracks

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    Troggology

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    The Best of the Troggs [Fontana/Chronicles]

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    Wild Things: Godfathers of Punk

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    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

    17 songs

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    Hot Days: A Decade in the Sun

    12 songs

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    The Best of the Troggs [Fontana/Chronicles]

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    The Best of the Troggs [Rhino]

    10 songs

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    Rock Elite: Best Of The Troggs

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    Radio Hits

    15 songs

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    The Troggs Diary (Rerecorded Versions)

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    Timeless Pop: The Troggs

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    Any Way That You Want

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    Love Is All Around

    20 songs

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    20 Of Their Best

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    Am Radio Gold: The Troggs (Remastered)

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    From Nowhere

    16 songs

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    Ultimate Legends: The Troggs

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    Love Is All Around

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    With a Girl Like You (From The "KFC - New Toasted Burritos" T.V. Advert)

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    All the Hits Plus More

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Top Songs by
The Troggs

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    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.   The Troggs - Wild thing
  9.   Louie Louie Medley: Louie Louie; Hang On Sloopy; Twist & Shout; Any Way That You Want Me; The Game Of Love; Louie Louie
  10.   The Troggs - With a girl like you
  11.   Gonna Make You
  12.   Cualquier Manera Que Usted Me Quiere
  13.   Loves Is All Around
  14.   When Will the Rain Come
  15.   With a Girl Like You (1967)
  16.   Disco Kid
  17.   Save The Last Dance
  18.   You're Lyin'
  19.   Ride Your Pony
  20.   Louie, Louie
  21.   Save the Last Dance for Me
  22.   I Don't
  23.   Little Pretty Thing
  24.   Walking the Dog
  25.   I Want You
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Davy Jones Tribute

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    Sing-A-Long Songs

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    Jack White: DNA

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    '60s Hits

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    SWAMI SOUND SYSTEM

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    '60s Deep Dive

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    Eclectic Rock

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    The Current


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