what Frank is listening to #52- THE HULLABALLOOS – Self Titled – (Roulette) – 1965
However you look at it the British Invasion of American music was substantial, though admittedly, without the Beatles it would have been decidedly minor. There was a plethora of English bands making an impact on the US charts between 1964 – 1966 with The Beatles (and to a lesser extent the Stones), who were by far and away the most important in chart results and influence. But, the British Invasion was well and truly over by 1967 … that's not to say existing English bands didn't continue to have an impact on the charts or new acts break through, but just, after 1966 there was no mass movement. In fact sustained commercial (Top 10) success, critical success and cultural success (in how many people they have influenced) for an English rock band hasn't existed probably since Led Zeppelin almost 40 years ago (U2 are Irish and I'll give you Coldplay if you want to claim them – though I'm not sure if either band has been really that "influential" … Oh and there was an arguable mini invasion in the early 80s) … but I digress, that last statement is another discussion altogether.
Back to the British Invasion … there were a number of US responses to the British Invasion:
- Ignore it – and continue on your merry way (eg: Elvis, Dylan, folk , instrumental, surf, blue eyed soul, soul, psychedelica)
- Challenge it – garage bands were largely a response to the English invasion pop. And lets face it on the rock spectrum The Beatles weren't "in your face" rock … and neither were The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Freddie and The Dreamers, or Herman's Hermits (who actually were the third biggest hitmakers after the Beatles and the Stones). And ultimately even in the Stones, The Who, and some of The Kinks (by far the hardest English rockers until 1965) sound positively tame when compared to the garage bands springing up all over the US. Though to be fair all of those bands learnt their song writing craft by listening to The Beatles (or the Beach Boys) pushing the song writing envelope. In any event a lot of the pre-Beatles "Frat Rock" bands mutated into "garage rock" bands (eg: anything on the Pebbles records).
- Revert to earlier times and more "simple" rock n roll (eg: Flamin Groovies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bobby Fuller Four)
- Revert to earlier times and pre rock 'n' roll (R&B: The Blues Projections, Country: The Byrds, Old Timey: The Band)
- Embrace it – Copy some of the sounds and style (eg: Paul Revere and the Raiders, Blue Things, The Gestures, Syndicate of Sound)
- Import a "Pom" – (eg: The Monkees)
- Import a lot of "Poms" and ride the wave – create a English band or bring a English band over from the UK even if they have no following there and call them "England's newest singing sensations" (eg: The Hullaballoos )
Formed in 1963 in Hull, England, and originally known as Ricky And The Crusaders, the Hullaballoos comprised Rick Knight, Andrew Woonton, Geoffrey Mortimer and Harold Dunn. The quartet made its recording debut the following year with a version of Buddy Holly's "I'm Gonna Love You Too", but although their singles made no commercial impression in Britain, the group became popular in the USA. Adopted by producers Hugo And Luigi, they enjoyed an association with the successful Hullaballoo television show, but by the end of 1965 the lustre of their now anachronistic brand of beat had faded.
- I Couldn't Get Along Without You – haunting
- Did You Ever – OMG – Buddy Holly is alive
- Party Doll – the Buddy Knox rockabilly song
- Every Night – OMG -Buddy Holly is alive, again
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love – the great Frankie Lymon track
- Who do you think you are foolin – Buddy Holly
- I'm Gonna Love you Too – a actual Buddy Holly song
- the guitarist on their second album Mick Wayne later formed "Junior's Eyes" which became Bowie's backing band for a while, before going on to work with Steve Winwood, Ringo, Tim Hardin and Phil Collins.
- John Cambridge (drums) had, earlier, been in the "later" Hullaballoos with Mick Wayne, and later with Mick Ronson was also in Junior's Eyes
(originally posted: 26/06/2009)