Sunday, June 29, 2008

Old Anglophile Rock

I am a big fan of the British Invasion bands of the sixties. Status Quo was a late entrant, but I've always thought that Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men" is somehow evocative of the time and the genre.

The Troggs are best known for "Wild Thing" and are sometimes cited as a precursor of punk rock. You don't get that from "Love Is All Around" - apparently written in the afterglow of a roast dinner. The video seems to be getting at something else.

There was a certain innocence in these bands. Gerry and the Pacemakers sing "Ferry Across the Mersey" in this video - taken, I think, from the movie of the same name. I like the part with the dog.

And, for something a little harder, Small Faces' "Tin Soldier."

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