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Wild things of the sixties
am 5. Juli 2004
This compilation, now re-issued at mid-price, was originally released as a full price album supported by TV advertising, to capitalize on the success of Wet wet wet's cover of Love is all around, featured in the soundtrack of Four weddings and a funeral. Their cover spent many weeks at number one in the UK charts and sparked interest in the original sixties version by the Troggs, whose style was raw rock'n'roll. Their lead singer, Reg Presley, had a distinctive, suggestive style.
The Troggs began their run of chart hits with Wild thing, a novelty song that reached number two in the UK but topped the charts for six weeks in America. By the time it peaked in America, the Troggs were on their second UK single - With a girl like you, which went all the way to number one. Thus, they occupied the number one positions in Britain and America simultaneously, but with different songs, but they never reached number one again in either country. Nevertheless, the had several other major UK hits including Love is all around, I can't control myself and Anyway that you want me, all of which made the UK top ten, together with the top twenty UK hits Give it to me and Night of the long grass.
This collection includes some B-sides and many tracks recorded in the seventies and nineties. Most peculiar is their cover of Good vibrations, very different from the original by the Beach boys, but brilliant in its own way. The other songs are mainly original and of a remarkably high quality.
The Troggs were a somewhat odd sixties group but that's why they are worth listening to.