British Invasion Page
The now-defunct BritInvasion Discussion List was started so that fans of the
British Invasion groups of the 1960s, from The Beatles to The Who to even
Herman's Hermits, would have a place to share opinions and ideas about this
period of music. I would recommend to those interested in discussing the British Invasion (or any other type of music) to join the Steve Hoffman Music Forums. I can be found there under the name "m5comp". See you there!
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British Invasion Cast of Characters:
- Dance-hall band from Liverpool that became "bigger than
Elvis", as their tragically doomed manager, Brian Epstein, predicted.
Basically made the British Invasion possible and made America safe for
similarly accented groups.
- Pseudo-mods from Shepherd's Bush, London, who smashed guitars,
mangled drum kits, endangered their own hearing, and perfected the rock
opera. Broke up in 1982; numerous reunions since.
(The) Pink Floyd
- Cantabrigian pop-psych combo, known for such gems as "See Emily
Play" and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. After departure of main
songwriter Syd Barrett due to LSD-related mental problems, band morphed into
dull prog-rock money-making machine.
The Rolling Stones
- London-area hard rock/R&B group. Still looking for
"Satisfaction" long after the end of the British Invasion era.
- Cute? Annoying? Whatever the case, they must have been into
"Something Good" with several mid-1960s hits.
Freddie and the Dreamers
- Gimmicky Mancunian combo led by the one and only Fred Garrity.
Hits included "I'm Telling You Now", "Do the Freddie", and even "Susan's
Dave Clark Five
- At one point seen as the biggest "threat" to The Beatles, the
DC5 were led by (of course) drummer Dave Clark, who turned out to be a better
businessman than musician. Their many hits included "Glad All Over', "Bits and
Pieces", and "Catch Us If You Can."
- Newcastle-upon-Tyne R&B group led by soul shouter wanna-be
Eric Burdon. Hits included the classic "House of the Rising Sun", "We Gotta Get
Out of This Place", and "It's My Life."
- Hailing from Muswell Hill, London and led by the battling Davies
brothers, the Kinks' music ranged from proto-punk to pop-oriented satire to
"progressive" conceptual material. Their memorable tracks include "You Really
Got Me", All Day and All of the Night", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola".
- R&B/psych-pop group produced guitar legends Eric Clapton,
Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Notable recordings: "For Your Love", "Heart Full of
Soul", "I'm a Man", "Over Under Sideways Down", and Five Live
Yardbirds (one of the great live albums of all time).
- Relatively brainy Hertfordshire group recorded several moody
jazz-tinged pop gems, including "She's Not There", "I Want You Back Again", "I
Love You", "Just Out of Reach", and "Time of the Season".
The Pretty Things
- Perhaps the "poor man's Rolling Stones", but also produced the
pioneering rock opera S.F. Sorrow.
- The former member of the folk trio The Springfields was probably the outstanding female vocalist of the British Invasion; her many hits included "The Look of Love" and "Son of a Preacher Man".
- Thirty-something pop chanteuse achieved surprising fame as a "rock-n-roll" artist during the British Invasion. Hits included "Downtown", "My Love", and "Don't Sleep in the Subway".
- Only non-Brian Epstein-managed Liverpool act of any consequence, their pioneering "jangly guitar" enlivened such classics as "Needles and Pins", "Love Potion Number Nine", and "Sugar and Spice".
- Scottish lass who, with and without her backing band The Luvvers, hit with "Shout" and "To Sir, with Love".
- A group and a person (South African Michael Lubowitz), these jazzy sophisticates, with the help of lead singers Paul Jones and (later) Mike D'Abo, produced such classics as "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "5-4-3-2-1", "Quinn the Eskimo", and "My Name Is Jack".
- Underrated Manchester group, famous for their exquisite harmonies. Their many '60s hits included "Look Through Any Window", "Bus Stop", "Pay You Back with Interest", and "Carrie-Anne". Despite Graham Nash's departure to join CSN(Y), the Hollies' hitmaking continued into the '70s.
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