Few bands reach the level of “Cult” status. England’s “The Troggs“, is one of them.
Not only did they bring us “Wild Thing“, a Billboard #1 hit exactly 45 years ago this week, they are remembered for their many UK hits. “With A Girl Like You”, “I Can’t Control Myself”, “Anyway That You Want Me”, “Give It To Me” and “Love Is All Around”.
The Troggs garnered world-wide acclaim and are to this day considered the “first British punk band”.
They continue be in high demand in Europe with founding members Reg Presley out front and Chris Britton playing lead guitar. They are rounded out by bassist Pete Lucas and drummer Dave Maggs.
Perhaps my favorite Rock and Roll cover of all time is Sam Kinison‘s performance and subsequent video of Wild Thing. It features cameos from Rodney Dangerfield, as well as many well-known rock musicians including, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses, Billy Idol, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Sebastian Bach, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, and Tommy Lee. The video also featured a raunchy “roll on the mat” dance with Jim Bakker’s Church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
The Trogg’s website is found here.