I blame Brian Epstein.
May 9, 2007 8:47 PM   Subscribe

Dang that Eric Burden is the cooliest!
posted by Dizzy at 8:54 PM on May 9, 2007

Oh, how I loves them Zombies.
posted by parki at 8:57 PM on May 9, 2007

The one klinker in the lot happens to feature the group headlining the first R&R concert I saw, a year before I saw the Beatles: Herman's Hermits, with their terrible song "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter." Even at my preteen age, I realized they were terrible...but they were backed up by the Blues Magoos....and The Who! Yay. Don't remember if they were suited and moptopped, but they were great. 1964.
posted by kozad at 9:06 PM on May 9, 2007

I left out the Spencer Davis Group. Stevie Winwood is also the cooliest, IMO.

They're not wearing suits, though.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:07 PM on May 9, 2007

Other than Peter and Gordon quite and Herman's Hermits a nice collection of mid sixties just off the mainstream stuff. (and I guess not counting the Beatles) And second the Animals, Zombies and raising Them.
On preview, I also attended a concert opening with Blues Magoos, Then Who, and staring Herman's hermits. Thge mothers that brought their teenage daughters to see the Herman were treated to Who and destruction.
posted by mss at 9:10 PM on May 9, 2007

Aw, I love MBYGALD. Although I've heard that the band hated that song, as well as "Henry the 8th". It really bothered them that those were the two everyone wanted to hear.

You'll be relieved to hear that I made a conscious decision to leave out Freddy and the Dreamers. Far worse than the Hermits.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:13 PM on May 9, 2007

Wow. The Beatles wore tight pants. I'd like to see a closeup of that.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 9:14 PM on May 9, 2007

Um, I'm also retarded and left out these guys, from my home town.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:18 PM on May 9, 2007

Zombies dint grow up an do stuff like this tho.
posted by squalor at 9:35 PM on May 9, 2007

Just a few more.
posted by mds35 at 9:39 PM on May 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Or this, squalor. Ding dong, ding dong.
posted by stavrogin at 9:42 PM on May 9, 2007

man I love the zombies, but I squirm when I watch that guy sing. I dunno, he just 'feels it' a little too much. Proto-emo.
posted by lumpenprole at 9:42 PM on May 9, 2007

Okay, so those last two didn't have any suits, but goddam they're aweome tidbits of rock.

Also, some Zombies grew up to do interesting things, though.
posted by mds35 at 9:43 PM on May 9, 2007 [2 favorites]

Yeh, the most famous Zombies song 'Time of the Season' is technically an Argent song, I believe.

And after going through all those links, it really reinforced how much more interesting the Animals were than all the other bands around then.

Well, that's just my opinion anyway.
posted by lumpenprole at 9:52 PM on May 9, 2007

lumpenprole- it's actually a Zombies song- Odyssey and Oracle was recorded by the Zombies in 1967 and was pretty much a flop in Britain. It was almost not released in the States at all, and the group had broken up by the time "Time of the Season" was belatedly released as a single in 1969- but definitely recorded by the Zombies.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:04 PM on May 9, 2007

The Zombies were so cool. Loved their drummer, he had a pretty creative take on beat-making. Thanks for the post!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:17 PM on May 9, 2007

Don't forget the famous (mondegreen) Drew Carey's from New Jersey, sung by Dick Cheney's favorite band.
posted by rob511 at 10:59 PM on May 9, 2007

Joe Brown & The Bruvvers - It Only Took A Minute.
posted by tellurian at 11:11 PM on May 9, 2007

And speaking of the Animals, this clip from the TV show Hullabaloo is notable: could well be the origin of the term "trophy wife"! Anyway, this must be seen to be believed!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:15 PM on May 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

more THEM (great thread! great links!)
posted by vronsky at 11:35 PM on May 9, 2007

Wait... I thought Drew Carey was from Cleveland.

Why does it freak me out so much that this is the same guy as this?
On a positive note though, Lulu looks freaking HOT! How did that happen!?!
posted by miss lynnster at 11:54 PM on May 9, 2007

nice thread man.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:03 AM on May 10, 2007

Awesome. Except stav -- flagged for offensive content!

I kid. But I should
posted by dreamsign at 1:07 AM on May 10, 2007

oh, look, I know it doesn't really belong here, but "Dirty Water" by the Standells is SO good, I couldn't resist.
posted by bunglin jones at 1:53 AM on May 10, 2007

Love Potion #9.

Do tuxedos count?

I've always loved this I Can't Explain compilation clip. (No suits, sorry.) Also, Shindig (I Can't Explain, Daddy Rolling Stone & My Generation) 1965. Substitute, 1966.
posted by maxwelton at 2:04 AM on May 10, 2007

Zombies fans should check out the movie Bunny Lake Is Missing for their completely arbitrary inclusion.
posted by stefnet at 3:28 AM on May 10, 2007

Great post, oneirodynia! And thanks to all for the great in-thread links, too.

Gotta add Manfred Mann in the mix. And more Zombies.

And still more THEM with Van the Man. I just saw Van Morrison a week or so ago in Boston - an utterly awesome performance - so it is doubly fun to see him in his salad days. That guy's music has certainly held up over time.
posted by madamjujujive at 3:42 AM on May 10, 2007

WTF, Freddie and the Dreamers ruled! No man has ever danced nerdier than Freddie Garrity (RIP), and that's a good thing! Without Freddie and The Dreamers there would be no Feelies, no Devo, no Talking Heads and no Weezer! And I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that I don't want to live in a world where those bands don't exist!

The rant above may not be 100% accurate rock historically, but damn, I do love me some Freddie and the Dreamers.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:44 AM on May 10, 2007

You've definitely got a point, soundsofsuburbia- but I watched Freddie right after watching a bunch of Eric Burdon. It was like drinking fizzy lemonade after whisky. Hard to roll with the Zen of Fred after being blown away multiple times by young Eric.

miss lynster: I'm with you. I feel the same way about young/old Arlo Guthrie.

Here's some palette cleansing after stavrogin's post. Clearly the lesson is: don't smoke so much pot, kids! You'll wind up like old Paul McCartney.

Thanks everyone else for all the good links! One more Beatles sound-alike from the (unfortunately named) Knickerbockers.
posted by oneirodynia at 8:59 AM on May 10, 2007

man I love psychotic reaction.

One of my favorite oldies. I had it on a tape in the early 90s along with sam the sham and the status quo and others...all these songs still rock.
posted by dozo at 9:28 AM on May 10, 2007

oh yeah, these guys too. who were featured in one of my favorite movies, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (written by a young Roger Ebert!)

thanks for the post.
posted by dozo at 9:33 AM on May 10, 2007

Good stuff. The Zombies, in particular, rocked.
posted by flotson at 8:25 PM on May 10, 2007

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