The Troggs

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Wild Thing (1966)

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Will The Troggs be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


36 comments so far (post your own)

You'll excuse me for saying so, but WILD THING!

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:18pm

Ahh, The Troggs!! The influence they brought to R&R from the mid 60's to the present day is considerable. What's the matter with all you regulars who post everyday here who act like you know everything and anything about Rock & Roll??

How can you overlook one of the founders of "caveman rock," "trash rock," "proto-punk," "garage rock" or whatever you want to call it??

Besides the hard stuff like "Wild Thing" they could do power ballads like "Love Is All Around" and "With A Girl Like You."

The list of Rock & Roll patriarchs who cite The Troggs as an influence goes on and on. Iggy Pop/Stooges, The Ramones, MC5 all have The Troggs to thank for laying the groundwork for their punk sound. Ozzy/Sabbath and countless other metal bands have also declared The Troggs to be a powerful influence.

Hall of Famers David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and REM have jammed with or covered The Troggs. Even The Buzzcocks cover them.

With all that said and also considering the infamous "The Troggs Tapes" somebody in the RHOF needs to explain why these cats ain't in.

Posted by SG on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 14:24pm

The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" was released a good year before "Wild Thing". I'm afraid that their one song isn't enough to merit induction.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 09:02am

"Besides the hard stuff like "Wild Thing" they could do power ballads like "Love Is All Around" and "With A Girl Like You."-SG

Uh, those are not "power ballads"...they're nice little pop songs! The Troggs were hardly influential.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 10:24am

"Uh, those are not "power ballads"...they're nice little pop songs! The Troggs were hardly influential." Terry

So if all the people who cited them as an influence that I mentioned aren't enough for you then who else do you need to vouch for them......

The Pope?? Or perhaps the ghost of Elvis??

And just so that we're clear on the definition of a "power ballad," I checked the Wiki page real quick:

"The term 'power ballad' is a colloquialism used to describe a type of song performed (but not necessarily written) by a hard rock or heavy metal band that is atypical of the songs defined by the hard rock and heavy metal genres. Typically, a power ballad is characterized by having a slower tempo, longer voiced notes, acoustic guitars in place of electric guitars, and deemphasized percussion and bass; but some sections of the song may include strong percussion and bass that are more typical of the hard rock and heavy metal genres for increased emotional effect. Common power ballad themes include (but are not limited to) emotional heartache, need, love and loss.

In some cases, the power ballad may become the hard rock or heavy metal band's signature song."

"Love Is All Around" and "With A Girl Like You" surely fit that definition.

Posted by SG on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 20:30pm

Like I said, nice little pop songs. Didn't even hear that term "power ballad" until the mid to late 70's. Playing someone's songs doesn't necessarily mean they were an influence. Hendrix kind of made that song his own at Monterey, and he didn't exactly get on his knees and thank the Toggs for their vast influence over him (I think he got on his knees and burned his guitar). The others you mentioned...I don't hear the Troggs in their music.

If you're waiting for HoF induction...don't hold your breath!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:04pm

It's been my experience that in this business bands especially young garage bands just starting out tend to cover songs from people they admire and want to grow up to be like. The band I hung with in my college days played 60's rock tunes because they liked the 60's rock-not 50's Sinatra tunes.

Why would anybody given the time constraints of performing on stage which is usually 120 minutes (if you're lucky) choose to take up valuable time to play somebody else's song if it didn't INFLUENCE them to do so? Was somebody from Hendrix' record company blackmailing him to play Wild Thing? With thousands of possible songs out there including the performer's own to choose from, I can't believe they would just pick somebody's song out of a hat at random if the song or artist didn't move them in some way.

And believe me Terry, I wouldn't dream of holding my breath waiting for this Hall Of Fame to do anything I think they should do.

Not enough oxygen in this world............

Posted by SG on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 23:43pm

SG-don't really have anything against them, just don't think they did enough or were around long enough. I taught myself "Wild Thing", mostly after I heard Hendrix' version.

Your opinion is cool with me!

Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 06:29am

"It's been my experience that in this business bands especially young garage bands just starting out tend to cover songs from people they admire and want to grow up to be like."

OR they cover a song because they like the song.

"The band I hung with in my college days played 60's rock tunes because they liked the 60's rock-not 50's Sinatra tunes."


Go ahead and induct the song. The song.

Absolutely nothing else about The Troggs has been in any way influential (I've already pointed out why they fail at innovation).

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 10:39am

The Troggs own. They were one of the better bands of the British invasion. Other then "Wild Thing" a "garage rock standard." They had a number of other great songs ignorant shit faces don't appreciate like "With a Girl Like You," "Love Is All Around," "I Can't Control Myself," "Anyway That You Want Me," and "Night of the Long Grass." If those aren't rock songs, then the Beatles don't deserve to be in the RRHoF.

Oh yeah, here's some just some of the The Troggs' influence:
The Troggs are widely seen as a highly influential band whose sound was one inspiration for garage rock and punk rock. For example, Iggy Pop of the Stooges has cited[citation needed] the Troggs as influential to their sound, and the early version of British pop-punk pioneers Buzzcocks featured I Can't Control Myself in their live repertoire. The Ramones are also amongst punk bands who cited the Troggs as an influence.
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.[2]
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.
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 on MTV Unplugged (see MTV Unplugged: R.E.M. (1991)).
In 1994, Scottish band Wet Wet Wet's version of the song spent fifteen weeks at number one in the UK after its inclusion in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
A modified version of "Love Is All Around" was featured in the film Love Actually (2003), performed by actor Bill Nighy (nearly 40 years after it was released).
An in-studio tape of Reg Presley's (The lead vocalist) 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. 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 a Troggs song, "Strange Movies".

That's what I call legacy and influence.

Posted by Harrison on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 16:28pm

Harrison...people covering your songs simply mean they like the song. influence runs a little deeper than that. Besides that, no member of the Troggs even wrote "Wild Thing", and it was recorded a couple of years earlier, though the name of the band escapes me. So, that song went #1 in the states and they had a gooey little pop song called "Love Is All Around" that was a hit, and that was about it! What else significant did they do? I'm sure Hendrix didn't get down on his knees and thank his lucky stars for the Troggs...he pretty much made that song his own. Oh, happens!!!! It's also been re-done countless numbers of times different ways. You're actually going to tell me that you can hear the Troggs in music made by the Stooges or Ramones??? Right....!!!!

From my point of view, their influence was pretty minimal, and comparing them to the Beatles is asinine, along with referring to people who don't agree as "ignorant shit faces". That pretty much turns people off from your opinion right off the bat, I'd think!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 18:55pm

of course they'll get in. Every act from the 60's will get in eventually.

Posted by rich on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 12:45pm

Yeah, well I did get a bit carried away with the “Ignorant shit faces” comment, I just think the criticism put on The Troggs should be saved for artists who deserve it. And I was just saying that if “Love Is All Around” is just a pop song, then most of the Beatles’ songs are merely “little pop songs.” Besides, artists like Madonna, Grand Master Flash, The Dells, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees, Parliamen-Funkadelic, Johnny Cash, etc, are all in the RRHoF and they are a lot less “rock” then The Troggs. So even if “Love Is All Around” (which is just one of their songs) is pop (which it isn’t) then that’s no excuse to keep them out. The Troggs are rock whether you like it or not, and I don’t see what problem you exactly have with the band. And The Stooges and The Ramones were indeed influenced; I’m not making it up. It’s a fact.

Posted by Harrison on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:34pm

Harrison...I really don't have a problem with them. When it comes to influence, I usually go by what I hear. I listened to Galaxie 500 for the first time the other day, thought "wow, strong Velvet Underground influence"...stuff like that. On your latest comment, you and I do agree on some things. I add arguments simply because I'd like to know the rationale behind the statements, or I actually know the facts to be different. For the most part I just offer opinions.

Thanks for commenting back...we're all in this together (well, most of us anyway)

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:41pm

fair enough

I just like The Troggs

Posted by Harrison on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:43pm

They've definitely got a place in rock history. Shoot, we're sitting here talking about them a couple of generations after their last hit...that does account for something!! Don't forget to drop some thought provoking "bombs" about other bands, too!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 08.27.08 @ 18:57pm

Awesome band. Rock on.

The Troggs!! Firebrick votes yes.

Posted by Firebrick on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:09pm

These guys should get in although I can't see them getting in before The Hollies or The Moody Blues

Posted by Mongoose on Wednesday, 06.10.09 @ 17:45pm

I believe that they were considered to be the first British punk band and one of the first bands, if not the first, to do a music video for the song "Love is All Around. I think those are credible firsts for a potential inductee.

Posted by Almathea on Thursday, 07.2.09 @ 20:04pm

Well, many of the garage rock bands of the time were very helpful in laying a foundation for the later punk movement.

The Troggs were one of these proto-punk bands. I suppose the very first proto-punk band would have to be the Kinks and later bands like the Troggs, the Seeds, Velvet Underground, MC5, the Stooges, New York Dolls, etc. The Troggs do have a good amount of influence seeing as they have been covered numerous times. I think there are a good amount of acts that should be inducted before them, but I think they deserve it.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.2.09 @ 20:51pm

I may be biased towards the Troggs as my brother went to school with Reg & I know them all, They set our town (Andover in Hampshire UK) alight with their sound, we would all flock to the gigs, even before they became the hit they are, I beleive they should be in the R&R HoF & a long overdue tribute it will be,

Posted by Stevie (not Wonder) on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 01:28am

There are only a few notable British Invasion acts of the 60's who haven't been inducted yet and I would say The Troggs are definitely one of them. (The others being The Hollies, The Moody Blues and The Zombies. Possibly also Them and The Pretty Things, Procol Harum too, although they seem to be classified somewhat differently because they were more prog oriented).

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 11:34am

As far as British Invasion acts the Moody Blues, the Small Faces, the Zombies, and maybe the Hollies should definately be inducted before the Troggs, but the The Troggs still have an alright amount of influence to be one of the acts inducted.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:20pm

The Small Faces! I knew I forgot about someone

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 13:28pm

Here's some Troggs for you all. This is one of the older music videos.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.4.09 @ 22:34pm

I think the Troggs are gonna be another one of those bands where your opinion about whether or not they should be inducted into the Hall Of Fame is gonna depend on which side of the pond you're on. Those in the UK will say absolutely, and those in the US will say, "Eh, if there's no one else on the ballot to vote for, I guess, but not really."

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.5.09 @ 01:01am

What I remember from the Troggs when I was in my very early teens was "Wild Thing" (which I always liked Hendrix' version better) and "Love Is All Around Me"...a nice little pop song(?) Other than that, nothing...hardly HoF stuff. Of course, our main outlet to popular music in Greeley, CO was an AM station called 950 KIMN in Denver, which was top 40 more than anything else. Late at night the DJs would get a little more "brave"...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.5.09 @ 08:21am

Show them some respect Bluntman. Your comment is totally unitelligent and unnecessary. Besides, I bet Chris Britton's guitar is worth more than your whole life. I'm sick of losers like you.

Posted by Big T on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 15:54pm

The Troggs might not deserve induction before some other acts but they are an act to be considered. The Ramones, The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, and The Buzzcocks all cite The Troggs as an influence. Acts who have covered The Troggs include: Jimi Hendrix, Spiritualized, Wet Wet Wets, REM, David Bowie, The Buzzcocks and others. The Troggs have had several succesful singles that are at the forefront of their time. "Love Is All Around" is as beautifully written as any Beatles song and their version of "Wild Thing" is the best known and most renowned (In the article of the most important songs that helped shape Rock & Roll "Wild Thing" by The Troggs is the version that is mentioned). Furthermore, they had many other notable songs including "With a Girl Like You," "I Can't Control Myself," the psychedelic "Night of the Long Grass," "Any Way That You Want Me" and "Hi Hi Hazel." In addition, "The Troggs Tapes" is very culturally significant being one of primary influences behind "This Is Spinal Tap."

I'm not saying The Troggs deserve consideration just yet, just that they are a noteworthy group.

Posted by Dennis on Thursday, 07.9.09 @ 12:25pm

There were something like 100+ British Invasion groups had least about a dozen of which made a noteworthy impact in North America. Only a few of these haven't been inducted yet: The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Small Faces, The Zombies and The Troggs

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 09.5.09 @ 05:05am

I too may be a little prejudiced as they are friends of mine, but to those of you who put them down - have you ever seem them perform live? They may not have written Wild Thing, but Reg (and Chris) have both written plenty more good songs. Paul McCartney was reputedly once asked "if you weren't in the Beatles, which band would you want to be a part of?" The answer? The Troggs! They SHOULD be included - they've worked hard and still do so, completing a three months gruelling tour between February and May this year............. along with Vanity Fare, Dave Berry, Mike Pender, Swinging Blue Jeans, Brian Poole............

Posted by Jacky on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:50pm


While that is indeed high praise from Sir Paul, it really isn't enough. And worth ethic really means nothing to the people who decide the nominees. I mean, look at the Sex Pistols. One album and done. And they're in. The fact that they're still touring today is meaningless toward induction.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 18:42pm

The Troggs are another one of those acts who may not have a strong enough case going for them for the RRHOF, but "Wild Thing" would absolutely warrant induction in a Song Hall of Fame

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 07:55am

GFW's Hall of Fame worthiness analysis on the Troggs:

Innovation: Important in the development of proto-punk, other than that though, they were pretty much a standard garage rock act. 10

Influence: Punk acts like the Ramones, Stooges and Buzzcocks have all cited them as an influence. R.E.M. also claimed them as an influence. They've been covered a lot as well (mostly for "Wild Thing" and "Love Is All Around."). 20

Commercial success: They were more successful in the UK than the US, though their albums charted reasonably well, "Wild Thing" was #1 in the US (#2 in the UK). Three of their hits sold over a million copies each. 15

Critical acclaim: Apart from "Wild Thing," critics didn't really like them. 5

Bonus: 10. (for "Wild Thing)

Total: 60

Conclusion: The Troggs are clearly a borderline candidate but thanks to "Wild Thing" they may have enough strength to just push them over the top. It remains to be seen, however.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 06:25am

RIP, Reg Presley

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 02.5.13 @ 10:27am

RIP, Reg Presley

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 02.7.13 @ 15:18pm

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