The Troggs

The Troggs

Synopsis of Pop Music

"Wild Thing,
You make my heart sing,
You make everything...groovy,
Wild Thing..."

Some think punk-rock began in the 1970’s with the Sex Pistols, but its roots actually go back much farther. In the mid-1960’s, bands all over the world played an aggressive style that represented rock at its rawest. Some called it garage-rock or caveman-rock, but many consider it to be the original punk-rock sound. One of the best and most successful groups in this vein was the Troggs, an English quartet who hit big in 1966 with the proto-punk tune “Wild Thing.” However, the Troggs were more than just a punk band and would prove just as skilled with ballads and psychedelia as they were with raucous rock and roll music

The Troggs began in the early 1960’s in the small English town of Andover. They forged a rough-and-ready rock sound and fittingly called themselves ‘The Troglodytes.’ When they were discovered by the then-manager of the Kinks, they shortened their name to the Troggs and began recording singles. The group hit it big with their second single, a cover of an American song called “Wild Thing.” The combination of the band’s stomping rock sound and vocalist Reg Presley’s snarling, attitude-heavy delivery made this uptempo love song an instant favorite. It hit #2 on the U.K. charts and went to #1 in the U.S.

After this success, the Troggs’ future was guaranteed. They released a steady stream of self-penned singles like “With A Girl Like You” and “I Can’t Control Myself” that mixed solid pop hooks with a hard-rocking sound and an attitude that pointed to the future of punk-rock. They were played on the radio in the U.S. and became chart hits in the U.K. In 1968, the Troggs scored another big U.S. hit by taking their sound in a new direction with the flower-power ballad “Love Is All Around.” The tune balanced a lush sound and attractive harmonies with the band’s sense of rock muscle to create a Top-10 hit that was pretty and powerful all at once.

As the 1970’s dawned, the Troggs continued to perform and record prolifically. Songs like the gothically moody “Cousin Jane” and the amusingly psychedelic “Maybe The Madman” became fan favorites, and the band toured U.K. clubs and colleges on a steady basis. When the punk era began in 1976, punkers like the Ramones pointed to the raw sound of the Troggs as an important influence. The group experienced new success touring both the U.K. and the U.S. as their music was covered by rising punk groups. Most notably, Los Angeles favorites X did a cover of “Wild Thing” in 1980 (as did, among many others, comedian Sam Kinison in 1990).

The Troggs remain both important and active today. R.E.M. backed the Troggs on a 1992 album, Athens Andover, and British teen poppers Wet Wet Wet had a big hit in 1997 with their cover of “Love Is All Around.” Both “Wild Thing” and “Love Is All Around” continue to be staples of classic-rock radio and are also used in ad campaigns all over the world. Meanwhile, the Troggs frequently play concerts and festivals everywhere. Their distinctive sound and pioneering ‘punk’ attitude assure that the Troggs will continue to be an important and influential group for years to come.

Artist Release History

1966 - Wild Thing
1966 - From Nowhere
1966 - Trogglodynamite
1966 - Give It to Me
1967 - Cellophane
1968 - Love Is All Around
1968 - Mixed Bag
1968 - Hip Hip Hooray
1968 - Top of the Troggs
1969 - Trogglomania
1969 - As I Am
1975 - The Troggs
1976 - The Trogg Tapes
1976 - Contrasts
1978? - Pop Chronik
1981 - Live at Max's, Kansas City
1992 - Athens Andover
1996 - Athens, Georgia & Beyond
1988 - The Best of the Troggs

Pop Sub Categories

rock
pop

Essential Music Albums

Best of the Troggs (Polygram)
Archaeology (1967-1977) (Polygram)

Band Members

Reg Presley vocals
Chris Britton guitar
Pete Staples bass
Ronnie Bond drums

Other Pop Music Links