On the 50th anniversary of Wild Thing, The Troggs will tour New Zealand performing all their Greatest Hits Live in Concert including Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, I Can't Control Myself, Love Is all Around and much more.
The Troggs are British Beat Legends. With those immortal words “Wild thing … you make my heart sing.”The Troggs hit bigger than Jupiter. ‘Wild Thing’ is the ultimate party song and with it The Troggs wrote themselves into the history books with a song that due to its timelessness and simplicity, every garage band has tried their hand at. Such was its appeal at the time that even Hendrix covered it with a legendary performance at Monterey in 1967.
Guitarist Chris Britton “It’s so simple anyone can play it and remember the words.”
Their follow-up to Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, shot to number one in New Zealand with its infectious and melodic "Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba's ". The Ba's are later rejigged and used on the more primal I Can't Control Myself that starts with the unholy "Oh nooooo" and the memorable line "Your slacks are low, and your hips are showing". In the mid-sixties, The Troggs worked their formula to chart gold across the world.
Love Is All Around was a shameless smash ballad in 1967 and would be resurrected nearly 30 years later by Wet Wet Wet for the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral in 1994. Jump to 2003 and the romantic comedy Love Actually has rock and roll legend Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy) on his comeback, adapting the song for the movie's majestic yuletide hit Christmas Is All Around.
"Teenage lust never sounded so good! Beat merchants turning three chords into pure gold” (Ultimate Classic Rock) Wild Thing took the hicks from Andover England to the world stage and beyond. Their simple approach, and sometimes down right primitive execution, with guitarist Chris Britton mastering the knack of using as fewer chords as possible caught the ears of the world. Led by the inimitable, and one-time bricklayer, Reg Presley, his gritty style and lascivious songwriting took The Troggs from smash hits to perennial and sometimes risque favourites including I Can’t Control Myself (banned at the time in Australia), Give It To Me, 66-5-4-3-2-1, Lover, Come Now, Strange Movies, Evil Woman and the Black Sabbath sounding Feels Like A Woman. One infamous B-side I Want You “had a great heavy sound,” says Chris, and Detroit’s sonic reductionists The MC5 felt strongly enough about it not only to record on their first album in 1969 but to appropriate the writing credit.
NZ factoids -
The Troggs last toured NZ in the eighties with Christchurch rock and roll legend Richie Venus NZ punk legend Chris Knox is a huge Troggs fan and in a Rip, It Up review from the early 80s wrote that a Trogg's Mainstreet show was even better than Toy Love on their best night. The Troggs most famous manager Larry Page is the father of Ashley Page who currently manages brother and sister duo Broods. The Troggs are now Chris Britton still on lead (and stun) guitar , Dave Maggs on drums, Peter Lucas on bass and Chris Allen on vocals.
They still make everything groovy.
The Troggs New Zealand Tour November / December 2016
Wellington - Tuesday 29th November - Bodega
Napier - Wednesday 30th November - The Cabana
Tauranga - Thursday 1st December - Totara St
Hamilton - Friday 2nd December - Altitude Bar
Auckland - Saturday 3rd December - Kings Arms
Christchurch - Sunday 4th December - Churchills Live