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Like all the British bands, Herman’s Hermits were no exception when it came to doing good old American Rock & Roll.
But these bands would put their own unique stamp on them, making them sound fresh and new.
So, I will open this episode up with the Hermits interpretation of a Rays song done here in the 50’s.
The next one I call the CPR song.
After that they had a big hit over here with a tune that was written and originally done by my man Ray Davies, with the Kinks.
I’ll be telling you how they happened to get the name Herman (in this case, something misheard).
Another Yank song by them, this one originally done by the great Sam Cooke.
Peter Noone left the group in 1971, and since has appeared on numerous sitcoms and dramas- and we’ll even throw in a mid 70’s hit he had solo.
Then I will go out with a flurry of songs to make your memory bank dizzy and will shave decades off your chronological age.
And ala Ed Sullivan, I will make you wait till the end to hear my favorite Herman’s Hermits song- and the first one we ever heard here in this country back in 1964.
All in all, a nice way to spend some of that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here's the link to some of that irresistible British Invasion sound, at WLSO:


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Comment by Mike Pell on December 5, 2010 at 12:31pm
Yeah, two lesbians does nothing for me, can't understand the appeal to men.
If I ain't a participant I don't care what the hell people do, lol!
And watching other people's orgasms is as dull as a doorknob, while mine, my own, are infinitely and forever fascinating, hahahaha!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 5, 2010 at 6:26am
Could you go wrong either way?
Comment by Mike Pell on December 5, 2010 at 12:07am
A menage a trois or two lesbians.
I would be interested in one of those, lol!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 4, 2010 at 9:57am
Key words: two girls at one time
Comment by Mike Pell on December 4, 2010 at 9:07am
No, I think I missed something.
Wow, I never even felt anything fly over my head, lol!
Must be my endearing innocence!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 4, 2010 at 8:01am
Mike, I wasn't thinking of juggling two girls at one time in a know where I'm headed on this one???
Comment by Mike Pell on December 4, 2010 at 4:10am
Surprised at the ones you didn't remember, but it's probably that evil age factor again.
"Two girls are too many" is worse than blasphemy, it is guaranteed catastrophe, lol!
It has happened to me too many times- you screw up the names, once I even called on the phone thinking it was one when it was the number of the other...too many other screwups to mention.
You always lose both!
As for those shows Peter Noone was in, I don't think I watched any.
Maybe I saw him on an infomercial, and a few years ago I saw him in concert at some tennis stadium with a bunch of other groups.
Ah, he and Kiss were on Casablanca records!
You have invented a new game my friend...Six Degrees Of Seperation With Kiss, LOL!
Thanks fro listening and writing,
Comment by Mike Pell on December 4, 2010 at 3:59am
You're full of English rock.
People say I'm full!
Will you get into the Kinks? I LOVE that song Dandy, maybe because I am so often chatting up the ladies, although I am certainly no dandy.
But Mr Peabody you like, lol!
Actually I do too.
I despise, loathe, will NEVER play the Archies!
They are a cartoon, not even real people, and I have a running argument with one of my 3 best friends about Sugar Sugar.
Well we shared a favorite song by a group at least, lol!
And it's great that you are open to the music that came before.
Two things I always say- if I haven't heard a song before it is NEW to me no matter how old, and music didn't begin the first day I started listening to it, it has a history and I ain't that freakin' important, lol!
The pleasure is mine, and thanks for writing and listening, or vice versa, lol,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 3, 2010 at 10:09am
Mike, believe it or not, I'm gonna connect a show about Herman's Hermits to Kiss.

I did recognize a couple of songs, those being What A Wonderful World and Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good (not sure if that's the correct title). I didn't really recognize anything else. But it was interesting listening to all of these songs.

Dandy had a lyric I'm questioning a little bit. It says "two girls are too many"...that's blasphemy.

I can't remember all of the shows you said Peter was in, but I remember watching several of them, so I wonder which characters he played.

And finally, you said his solo single was on Casablanca Records...there is your Kiss konnection :-) Of course, that was Kiss' first label. Maybe I should aggravate you and try to do this on all of your shows LOL...

Enjoyed it!
Comment by Scott on December 3, 2010 at 9:50am
OK, I'm fully prepped for part two. Jon posted a bunch of European stuff yesterday and so I'm full of English rock...

Thanks for addressing that guitar sound in the Mrs Brown song. I thought it was unique as well. And it sounds like they stayed with the over emphasizing of the accent, I guess that was part of their sound?

The first two tunes were way to poppy for me, they sounded a bit cookie-cuttered. I suppose once a band found success they try to recreate it.

The Dandy tune didn't strike me as unique either. I guess that kinda fits since we've not been to kind to Kinks tunes in other shows either.

I love Mr Peabody! That was a really cool tidbit! I think you've hit the root of what I'm hearing. Its more of an Archie's rock. The thought came to me as they started singing "don't know much about biology..."

I did enjoy that last song very much though, also my favorite of the bunch.

I cant honestly say I didnt really get into 'Ermans 'Ermits, but I can say it always a pleasure to hear the music that preceded the genres I love and to be able to pick out the little things that were carried forward. Like that muted guitar lick.

Always a pleasure. Thanks Mike!

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