Herman's Hermits

A Must to Avoid

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At one minute and fifty-six seconds, the Steve Barri /P.F.Sloan composition "A Must to Avoid" is a quick and wonderful taunt about a teaser, a "complete impossibility." From the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Hold On, this is further Americanization of the British Invasion. The group's first hit in 1964, "I'm Into Something Good", was written by Brill Building legends Carole King and Gerry Goffin. "A Must To Avoid" is penned by songsmiths who picked up where the Brill Building left off, The Grass Roots' team of Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan. As Herman's Hermits opened the door to different Top 40 styles, rarely getting the credit, once again Peter Noone is the pioneer. On the soundtrack album he gives the world an original version of "Where Were You When I Needed You", the Grass Roots not hitting until July of that year, and with this single a form that would inspire a television phenomenon. Listen to the guitars riffing on "A Must To Avoid", a Top 10 hit in January of 1966, and then listen to the #1 smash by The Monkees in September of that same year. "Last Train To Clarksville" is just a reinvention of this material and the image that brought it to the masses, taking the idea in a film and bringing it to television. "A Must To Avoid" is another unique tune in the diverse Herman's Hermits catalog, a group who, along with Tommy James & The Shondells, brought ideas to the table that others modeled their careers on. That Tommy James and Peter Noone garnered just about the same amount of hits (James had 17 plus 2 he authored for other groups, Peter a total of 18) is rather interesting. The bouncy jangly sound borrows a bit of rhythm from Van Morrison's "Gloria" without going into detail on why you'll be "trapped in the web of her lies." Where "Gloria"

made Van "feel all right", "A Must To Avoid" leaves the deceptions to your


Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Herman's Hermits 1965 EMI Music Distribution 1:56
Hold On! 1966 Ausverkau 2:18
Both Sides of Herman's Hermits 1966 MGM 0:00
Their Greatest Hits 1973 ABKCO Records 1:56
Greatest Hits [Crystal] 1980 Crystal Records Dist.
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
Original Hits 1995 Disky 1:55
Golden Hits of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 1:54
I'm into Something Good [Prism] 1997 Prism Entertainment 2:01
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Music Distribution 1:56
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 1:57
The Best of British Pop 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 1:50
Original Gold [CD #1] 1998 Disky 1:55
Rockin' Poppin' Favourites 1999 EMI Music Distribution 1:54
Best of Herman's Hermits [Pegasus] 1999 Cleopatra 1:54
Original Gold 1999 Disky 1:55
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 1:55
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 1:53
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 1:53
Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 1:55
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1997] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 1:55
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige Elite Records 1:56
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 1:55
Hermhits 2002 Akarma 1:55
Years May Come... 2002 BR Music / B.R. 1:55
Rock N Roll Reunion 1966 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:53
A's, B's & EP's 2004 EMI Music Distribution 1:55
Retrospective 2004 ABKCO Records 1:58
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 1:55
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter/Hold On! 2011 ABKCO Records 1:56
No Image 1:56
No Image SNS