Herman's Hermits

I'm into Something Good

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The success of Herman's Hermits' recording of "I'm Into Something Good" in the fall of 1964 must have led to sighs of relief all over the Brill Building in New York. The Tin Pan Alley songwriters who had ruled the early '60s had seen their world turned upside down earlier in the year, as the Beatles led a horde of self-contained British groups into the American charts with songs they had written themselves or borrowed from the likes of Chuck Berry or the R&B charts. Despite the onslaught, songwriters like Gerry Goffin and Carole King persevered. That spring, they cut a new song, "I'm Into Something Good," with Earl-Jean, actually Ethel McCrea, who had been a member of the studio group the Cookies, which had placed four Brill Building songs in the charts way back in 1963. "I'm Into Something Good" was a sprightly celebration of new love, and it fought against the tide of the British Invasion well enough to scrape into the bottom of the Top 40. Then something wonderful happened. American expatriate producer Mickie Most heard it and decided to cover it with a new British group, Herman's Hermits. The band was fronted by 16-year-old Peter Noone, and Most dispensed with the rest of them in the studio, bringing in session aces like Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. A Brill Building song, a teenage singer, a powerful producer -- it was just like the old days. And it succeeded like the old days, too: Herman's Hermits' "I'm Into Something Good" topped the British charts in September and peaked in the U.S. Top Ten, as Peter Noone became an old-style teen idol, more like the Frankie Avalons and Fabians of old than the Beatles, but sporting the required moptop haircut. Hence the sighs of relief. Maybe, the Tin Pan Alley denizens could tell themselves, the new thing was just the old thing in different clothes, hairstyle, and accents; maybe their jobs were safe. Of course, as it turned out, things weren't that simple, but Tin Pan Alley was adapting and finding ways to survive in the new environment. "I'm Into Something Good" remains a fresh, appealing song that continues to be most associated with Herman's Hermits, though, appropriately enough, 13-year-old Donny Osmond covered it on his second album, To You With Love, Donny, in 1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Introducing Herman's Hermits 1965 MGM
Herman's Hermits 1965 EMI Music Distribution 2:34
No Image 1965 MGM 2:31
Their Greatest Hits 1973 ABKCO Records 2:35
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
Greatest Hits [Hollywood] 1988 Hollywood / IMG
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [Compilation] 1994 Repertoire 2:33
Sixties: More Groovy Hits 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:31
Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:33
Sixties Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:30
Just Want to Make Love to You 1997
Various Artists
Movieplay Music 2:36
Sixties Generation: 1964 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation 2:41
1964: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 2:38
3 for 3: Herman's Hermits, The Searchers & Tommy Roe 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3 2:37
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
The Best of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:32
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Boomerang Records / Beacon Records 2:31
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:35
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:31
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:36
The Best of British Pop 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:35
Original Gold [CD #1] 1998 Disky 2:33
40 Hits: 1960-1964 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:32
Best of Herman's Hermits [Pegasus] 1999 Cleopatra 2:33
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
Original Gold 1999 Disky 2:33
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Hits of the '60s [Legacy Entertainment] 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:43
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 2:35
Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:41
1964 Classic Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:42
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:42
Rock N' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:14
Forever Gold: The 60's Groovy Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:31
Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:35
60's Time Tunnel, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:42
Forever Gold: 60's Decade 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:40
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1997] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:34
Non-Stop 60's Party 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:22
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige Elite Records 2:35
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
The Sixties Groovy Hits [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Deuce Boxed Sets 2:31
Hermhits 2002 Akarma 2:33
Years May Come... 2002 BR Music / B.R. 2:33
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 2:34
Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 2:35
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:38
Up the Junction [CD1] 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
Hits of the 60's 70's & 80's [St. Clair] 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:38
60s Rock n' Roll 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
Original 60's Summer Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
Hit Box 2, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:38
1960s School Party Night 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Gold Collection: Oldies Party Songs 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:38
A's, B's & EP's 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:33
The Sounds of Summer [Box Set #1] 2004
Various Artists
MCPS / United Audio Entertainment 2:38
Retrospective 2004 ABKCO Records 2:36
Everyone's a Winner: 60 Original No. 1's 2004
Various Artists
Empire Triples 2:32
The Best of 60's Decade 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Sunshine Girl 2004 United Audio Entertainment 2:37
Everyone's A Winner: 20 Original No. 1's [CD1] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
60's Groovy Hits 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:38
Hits of the 60's [Legacy Box] 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:42
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:34
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
Hits of the 60s [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 2:38
The World of 60's Oldies 2007
Various Artists
The World Of / ZYX Music 2:35
Where Were You: 1964 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:32
The Original 60's Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
Top of the Pops 1964 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMD Int'l 2:33
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:35
Rock 'N' Roll Hit Mix 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / Eurotrend 1:33
Summer Holiday: 40 Summer Classics from Yesteryear 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:32
Don't Worry Be Happy: 46 Feelgood Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:31
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 2:31
To the Best Mum in the World...Ever! 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:31
60's Summer Party 2011
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:31
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
Massive Hits! Sixties 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 2:32
'60s Summer of Love [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 2:35
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:57
No Image 2:37
Hits of the 60s [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Music Group 2:34
I'm Into Something Good Caroline / Lightyear 2:45
Keep Calm & Head to London
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:35
Legend [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Island 2:30
Sounds of the Sixties: Number Ones
Various Artists
EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution 2:33
The Broons Family Album
Various Artists
EMI 2:32
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:34
No Image SNS