The Troggs were an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in the UK and the US. Their most famous songs include the Hot 100 chart topper "Wild Thing", "With a Girl Like You" and "Love is All Around", all of which sold over one million copies and were awarded gold discs.[1] "Wild Thing" is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was an influence on garage rock and punk rock.[2][3]

Fronted by Reg Presley, the Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England and were originally called the Troglodytes.[4][5]


 [hide*1 History


[1][2]The Troggs in 1971

The Troggs formed in 1964, Reg Presley (Lead vocals), Chris Britton (Lead guitar), Pete Staples (Bass guitar) and Ronnie Bond (Drums). They were signed byLarry Page, manager of the Kinks, in 1965. They recorded on Page's Page One Records, and Page also leased them to CBS for debut single "Lost Girl".[4] Their most famous hit was the single "Wild Thing" (written by Chip Taylor) (the song on the b-side of the single depended on the country where it was sold), which with the help of television exposure on Thank Your Lucky Stars reached number 2 in the UK (c/w Reg Presley's song 'From Home') and number 1 in the United States in July1966. Its combination of a simple heavy guitar riff and flirtatious lyrics helped it to quickly become a garage rock standard. It was recorded in one complete take (take two) at Olympic Studios in London, with Keith Grant engineering. Because of a dispute over US distribution rights, "Wild Thing" was released (along with the first album of the same name) on two labels: Fontana and Atco.[6] The band's success in the US was also limited by not touring there until 1968.[7]

They also had a number of other hits, including "With a Girl Like You" (a UK number 1 in July 1966, US number 29), "I Can't Control Myself" (a UK number 2 in September 1966; their first UK single release on the Page One label, POF 001; this was also their second and final dual-label release in the US, with Fontana retaining the rights to all subsequent releases),[8] "Anyway That You Want Me" (UK number 10 in December 1966), all at Olympic Studios, " Give It To Me" (UK No.12 1967), "Night of the Long Grass" (UK number 17 in May 1967), "Love Is All Around" (UK number 5 in November 1967 and US number 7 in May 1968) plus "Hi Hi Hazel" (UK No.42, 1967) . With chart success later eluding the band, they split up in March 1969.[4] Ronnie Bond was the first to release a solo record, with the "Anything For You" single in March 1969, followed in April by Reg Presley with "Lucinda Lee". Chris Britton released a solo album, As I Am, the same year. The band reformed later that year, with former Plastic Penny bassist Tony Murray replacing Staples, and in 1974, after a spell on Pye Records, in an attempt to re-create their 1960s successes, the Troggs re-united with Larry Page, now running Penny Farthing Records. The resulting cover version of the Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations" did not capture the public's imagination. A reggae version of "Wild Thing" also failed to chart. The band found a sympathetic ear at French label New Rose in the 1980s, the label releasing 1982'sBlack Bottom LP and 1990's AU.

In 1991, they recorded Athens Andover, an eleven-song collaboration between themselves and three members of R.E.M.[7] It was recorded in the American band's hometown of AthensGeorgia, and was released in March 1992.[4]

The band attempted to capitalize on this new exposure with a couple of bizarre collaborations on new versions of "Wild Thing". In 1992 they teamed up with actor Oliver Reed and snooker player Alex Higgins, with another version the following year featuring Wolf from the TV show Gladiators, which actually reached number 69 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] In 1994 Wet Wet Wet's cover of "Love Is All Around" was #1 in the UK for 15 weeks, netting Presley a handsome royalty.

The band's original drummer, Ronnie Bond, died on 13 November 1992. Dave Wright, another founding member, died on 10 October 2008.

In January 2012, after over 40 years of touring, Reg Presley retired due to lung cancer, apparently ending the Troggs. However, the remaining members, Chris Britton (guitar), Pete Lucas (bass) and Dave Maggs (drums), plan to continue the Troggs and are going back on the road. They are joined by special guest Chris Allen on lead vocals, who has been in the Denny Laine Band, the Commitments and part-time with the Animals. Reg Presley died on 4 February 2013 at age 71.[9]

Legacy and influence[edit]Edit

The Troggs are widely seen as a highly influential band whose sound was an inspiration for garage rock and punk rock.[2][3] Influential American critic Lester Bangs "called the band the progenitors of punk", according to NPR.[10] For example, the Troggs influenced artists such as Iggy Pop,[11] and the early version of British pop-punk pioneers Buzzcocks featured "I Can't Control Myself" in their live repertoire. TheRamones are also amongst punk bands who cited the Troggs as an influence. "I Can't Control Myself" is perhaps the most enduring favorite of critics; it continues to be championed for its originality and lasting influence by radio hosts such as "Little" Steven Van Zandt.

The MC5 covered "I Want You" at their live shows and recorded the song for the album Kick Out the Jams, although they renamed it "I Want You Right Now".

The Jimi Hendrix Experience famously covered "Wild Thing" during their appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, introducing it as the British/American joint "national anthem", and climaxing with Hendrix burning his guitar.[7]

In 1990, the first hit for the band Spiritualized was a cover of "Anyway That You Want Me". This cover was later used in the movie Me and You and Everyone We Know.

"With a Girl Like You" is featured uncut in a school dance scene from the 1991 Nicole Kidman/Noah Taylor movie, Flirting. It is also featured in ShineThe Good Night and The Boat That Rocked.

In 1991, "Love Is All Around" was covered by R.E.M. during live performances and was released later that year as a B-side on their "Radio Song" single. They also performed an acoustic version of the song onMTV Unplugged.

In 1994, Scottish band Wet Wet Wet's version of Love Is All Around spent fifteen weeks at number one in the UK after its inclusion in Four Weddings and a Funeral. The authorship royalties enabled Reg Presley's 1990s research and publication on extraterrestrials and other paranormal phenomena.

The point-and-click adventure game Hopkins FBI features "I Can't Control Myself" and "Lost Girl".

A modified version of "Love Is All Around" was featured in the film Love Actually (2003), performed by actor Bill Nighy.

"The Troggs" was the name of the high school gang in the movie Bang Bang, You're Dead, who persuade the main character to join them in attacking their high school.

"Trogg" is the name of one of Bane's three henchmen in Dennis O'Neil's Batman: Knightfall comic arc. The other henchmen are Byrd and Zombie, named after two other popular '60s rock bands, the Byrds and the Zombies.

An in-studio tape of Reg Presley's running commentary on a recording session, filled with in-fighting and swearing (known as "The Troggs Tapes"), was widely circulated in the music underground, and was included in the Archaeology box set, as well as the compilation album, The Rhino Brothers Present the World's Worst Records. The in-group infighting is believed to be the inspiration for a scene in the comedy film, This is Spinal Tap, where the band members are arguing. Some of this dialogue was sampled by the California punk band The Dwarves on their recording of a cover version of the Troggs song "Strange Movies".

In 2012, Norwegian band Ulver covered the song "66-5-4-3-2-1" for their covers album Childhood's End.

Band members[edit]Edit

Current members
  • Chris Britton (born Charles Christopher Britton, 21 January 1944, WatfordHertfordshire) – lead guitar
  • Dave Maggs (born Reginald David Maggs, 22 September 1950) - drums
  • Pete Lucas (born Peter Lucas, 1950) – bass guitar
Guest musicians
  • Chris Allen (Born Christopher Richard Allen, 3 October 1952, Rossendale, Lancs.) - lead vocals
Former members
  • Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball, 12 June 1941 - died 4 February 2013, AndoverHampshire) – lead vocals
  • Richard Moore (born Richard Moore, 3 June 1949, Canada) – lead guitar, vocals
  • Dave Wright (born David Frederick Wright, 21 January 1944, Winchester, Hampshire - died 10 October 2008 at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester) – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Pete Staples (born Peter Lawrence Staples, 3 May 1944 at Andover War Memorial Hospital, Andover, Hampshire) – bass guitar
  • Ronnie Bond (born Ronald James Bullis, 4 May 1940, Dene Road, Andover, Hampshire - died 13 November 1992, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester) – drums
  • Tony Murray (born Anthony Murray, 26 April 1943, DublinIreland) – bass guitar
  • Richard Hannon (b. 30 May 1945) - drums


Studio albums[edit]Edit

Live albums[edit]Edit

  • Trogglomania (1970)
  • Live at Max's Kansas City (1981)


  • Best of The Troggs (1967) (UK #24)[12]
  • Best of The Troggs Volume II (1969)
  • With a Girl Like You (1975)
  • Vintage Years (1976)
  • Hit Single Anthology (1991)
  • Archaeology (1967–1977) (1992)
  • Greatest Hits (1994) (UK #27)[12]
  • The EP Collection (1996)


  • "Lost Girl" (1966)
  • "Wild Thing" (1966) (UK #2, US #1, CAN #1,[13] NZ #1,[13] AUS #1,[13] NED #5,[13] GER #7,[13] NZ #28[14])
  • "With a Girl Like You" (1966) (UK #1, US #29, NED #1,[13] NZ #1,[13] SPA #1,[13] NOR #2,[13] GER #2,[13] CAN #11[13])
  • "I Can't Control Myself" (1966) (UK #2, US #43, GER #2,[13] NOR #4,[13] NED #7[13])
  • "Any Way That You Want Me" (1966) (UK #8, GER #14,[13] NED #21[13])
  • "Jingle Jangle" (1966)
  • "Give It To Me" (1967) (UK #12, GER #10,[13] NED #21[13])
  • "Night Of The Long Grass" (1967) (UK #17, NED #33[13])
  • "Hi Hi Hazel" (1967) (UK #42, NED #39[13])
  • "Love Is All Around" (1967) (UK #5, US #7, CAN #3,[13] GER #15,[13] NED #19[13])
  • "Little Girl" (1968) (UK #37)
  • "Surprise Surprise" (1968)
  • "You Can Cry If You Want To" (1968) (CAN #12,[13] RSA #1[13])
  • "Surprise Surprise" (1968)
  • "Hip Hip Hooray" (1968) (GER #16[13])
  • "Evil Woman" (1969)
  • "Easy Lovin'" (1970)
  • "Lover" (1970)
  • "The Raver" (1970) (RSA #15[13])
  • "Lazy Weekend" (1971)
  • "Wild Thing" (new version) (1972)
  • "Everything's Funny" (1972)
  • "Feels Like A Woman" (1972) (RSA #7[13])
  • "Listen To The Man" (1973)
  • "Strange Movies" (1973)
  • "Good Vibrations" (1974)
  • "Wild Thing" (Reggae version) (1975)
  • "Summertime" (1975)
  • "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1975)
  • "I'll Buy You An Island" (1976)
  • "Feeling For Love" (1977)
  • "Just A Little Too Much" (1978)
  • "I Love You Baby" (1982)
  • "Black Bottom" (1982)
  • "Every Little Thing" (1984)
  • "Wild Thing '89" (1989)
  • "Don't You Know" (1992)
  • "Wild Thing" (1992) †
  • "Wild Thing" (1993) (UK #69)[12] ‡

† by The Troggs featuring Oliver Reed and Hurricane Higgins ‡ by The Troggs featuring Wolf

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