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Caveman Garage Rock


The Beatles changed everything. We all know that. They didn’t only introduce us to a new form of pop music, they opened the door and let in all the garage bands from England. I would imagine bands were forming daily during those days. The thirst for new music from Britain was insatiable.

Garage rock was evident in The Rolling Stones and of course The Kinks. Two bands I love to death. However, they had more a of a polished sound focused on songwriting prowess and melody.

However, the one British invasion band I would consider fits the category of garage rock the most are The Troggs.

Called “caveman rock” due to their grungy features and photos of them in caves, and also that sound of their first mega hit, “Wild Thing”. Reg Presely, the vocalist, sang with a lustiness and decadence that turned on millions.

However, The Troggs also had a softer side. A beautiful pop song “Love Is All Around”, was also a hit. Other hits included “A Girl Like You”, “Night Of The Long Grass’, and “I Can’t Control Myself”, cemented The Troggs legacy as pioneers of the garage rock sound of the British Invasion.

Sadly, Reg Presely died this year. The group broke up long ago, but their songs are staples on oldies radio, and Wild Thing is probably one of the most covered songs in history.

Great band.

Have a listen:

“I Can’t Help Myself”

“A Girl Like You”

“Love Is All Around”

“Wild Thing”


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

One response to “Caveman Garage Rock

  1. Gerard ⋅

    As Ozzy said: he got sexual aroused by two songs in the 60’s.. YRGM and Wild Thing, lol. Loved that one and I Can’t Control Myself.. most of the ballads were a bit too sugarcoated for me, but still the original Love Is All Around is 1000 times better then the cover Wet Wet Wet did.

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