by Robert Wilkinson
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the prototypical punk rockers, Reg Presley of the Troggs, who gave us one of the most memorable tunes in history.
Reg Presley (12 June 1941 – 4 February 2013) was the lead singer for the Troggs, said by Lester Bangs to be the "godfathers of punk." While not really well known, they did give us one monster hit. For your remembrance and awe, the prototypical grunge tune that blew the doors down in 1966! Here is Reg fronting the Troggs lip synching to the studio version of their singularly iconic grind, "Wild Thing."
Here are the Troggs live in 1973 at the Marquee Club in an incredibly psychedelic taping of them performing "Wild Thing"
If you wonder about how influential this song was, check this out! From the legendary 1967 Summer of Love Monterrey Pop Festival, here's the greatest Guitar Master of all blowing America's mind! For your enjoyment and amazement, and all "thanks to Bob Dylan's grandmother," the greatest of all doing the full 9+ minute "English and American combined anthem," "Wild Thing."
Here's another Troggs song that also rocked the house! For your enjoyment, a great live video performance on French TV in 1966 of the Troggs cranking out a tune with major attitude, “I Can’t Control Myself” (if it doesn’t synch then just refresh the page)
Here’s the original music video for “I Can’t Control Myself”
Check out the Troggs live in 1967 performing their second hit, "With A Girl Like You."
Here's the original studio version of the grinding garage rocker "I Want You"
Here's a promo clip of the Troggs for another one that made the charts back then, "Love Is All Around."
Here’s the original 1966 studio version of the very grungy driving beat of “Lost Girl”
We now go to Paris in 1967, where the Troggs are live and cranking out
We'll close with a great 10 minute live clip from the following year! The Troggs Live at New Years’ Eve 1968 (the music is not synched to the video, but it’s still live)
If you want more, I found a great three part 1994 documentary on this unique prototypical punk/grunge band from Andover, UK!
RIP Reg, and a huge thanks for what is probably the unofficial national anthem of just about every Western influenced culture! "Sock it to me one mo' time again, aw shucks I think I love you...."
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