Where are they now? - English Rock Band - The Troggs
The Troggs are an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in Britain and the USA. Their most famous songs include, "Wild Thing", "Love Is All Around" and "With a Girl Like You". The Troggs Billboard Hot 100 chart topper "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.
Fronted by Reg Presley, The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England, and were originally called The Troglodytes.
Reg Presley - born Reginald Maurice Ball on 12 June 1941 at 17 Belle Vue Road, Andover, Hampshire - Lead vocals
Dave Wright - born David Frederick Wright on 21 January 1944 in Winchester, Hampshire - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar. Died 10 October 2008 at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.
Chris Britton - born Charles Christopher Britton on 21 January 1945 in Watford, Hertfordshire - Lead Guitar
Richard Moore - Born Richard Moore on 3 June, 1949 in Canada - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Pete Staples - born Peter Lawrence Staples on 3 May 1944 at Andover War Memorial Hospital, Andover, Hampshire - Bass Guitar
Ronnie Bond - born Ronald James Bullis on 4 May 1940 in Dene Road, Andover, Hampshire. Died on 13 November 1992 at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire - Drums
Tony Murray - born Anthony Murray on 26 April 1943, in Dublin, Ireland - Bass guitar
Several of the Troggs' recordings each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. They were "Wild Thing", "With a Girl Like You" and Love Is All Around".
The Troggs are widely seen as a highly influential band whose sound was one inspiration for garage rock and punk rock. For example, the Troggs influenced artists such as Iggy Pop, 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 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.
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 Shine, The 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 on MTV Unplugged.
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.
'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.
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. 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".
Video - The Troggs- Wild Thing