Herman's Hermits

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As with many Herman's Hermits hits, the songs are so indellibly linked to Peter Noone and company that few cover versions turn up, though garage bands Los Checkmates and The E Types did pick up on this wonderful melody from songwriter Graham Gouldman who released the tune himself on his Peter Noone produced solo lp. Clocking in at two minutes and fifty-seven seconds, MGM single #13681 went Top 35 two weeks after the flip side, "There's A Kind Of Hush", went Top 5 in March of 1967. Acoustic guitar opens this perfectly constructed pop tune with bells, backing vocals and the immense production found on "There's A Kind Of Hush". This is serious pop music, minus the strings and heavy backing vocals you have a style that R.E.M. embraced and brought into another era.

The lyrics are more obscure than two other Gouldman /Herman's Hermits classics, "Bus Stop"and "For Your Love", and the chord changes that go along with those lyrics are superb. As the tune twists and turns Mickey Most brings different sounds in to keep the listener glued to the radio. Special music from a special time, it's too bad R.E.M. and the modern rock bands they spawned don't pay more attention to the prototype.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World 1967 Disky Communications
Their Greatest Hits 1973 ABKCO Records 2:57
Greatest Hits [Crystal] 1980 Crystal Records Dist.
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
California Dreaming [BMG] 1992
Various Artists
BMG Ariola
Cappuccino Classics, Vol. 1: Yeh Yeh 1995
Various Artists
Temple 2:59
Happy Days: 100 Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:59
Sixties Generation: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:52
I'm into Something Good [Prism] 1997 Prism Entertainment 3:12
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:56
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:50
The Best of British Pop 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:48
Millennium: Forty Hits 1965-1969 1998
Various Artists
Disky 3:01
Original Gold [CD #2] 1998 Disky 2:57
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:01
Best of Herman's Hermits [Pegasus] 1999 Cleopatra 3:05
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:58
Original Gold 1999 Disky 2:57
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 2:57
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:52
1967 Classic Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:50
Classic Rock: Hits of 1967 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:50
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:50
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:57
Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:57
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1997] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:58
Girls Wanna Have Fun 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:02
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige Elite Records 3:06
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:59
And the Beat Goes On [Newsound 2000] 2001
Various Artists
Newsound 2000 3:03
Hermhits 2002 Akarma 2:56
Years May Come... 2002 BR Music / B.R. 2:57
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 2:43
Up the Junction: 60 Original 1960's British Classics 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:58
Up the Junction [CD3] 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:58
A's, B's & EP's 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:54
Retrospective 2004 ABKCO Records 2:59
The Original Sixties Album 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Sunshine Girl 2004 United Audio Entertainment 2:48
The Best of the Sixties, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:58
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:59
Complete Hits 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Top of the Pops: 1966 2007
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI 2:55
Where Were You: 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
60s Beat Party 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:58
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMD Int'l 2:57
This Is 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:56
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:58
60's Super Hits [Music Brokers] 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:52
Rock 'N' Roll Hit Mix 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / Eurotrend 1:13
Superhits Collection 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:52
The Solid Silver 60s: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:56
101 Pirate Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:52
Beach Party: Party Beach Party 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:50
Love Songs: Classic Tearjerkers 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:50
Salut Les Copains 1959-1968: Best of 2013
Various Artists
UMSM / Universal Music 2:57
The Greatest Ever... Love Songs [Bellevue] 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:53
The Best of Herman's Hermits: 50th Anniversary Anthology 2015 Bear Family Records 3:29
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:59
100 Tubes Pour Danser
Various Artists
Wagram Music 2:46
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:50
60s Party Hits
Various Artists
Euro Trend 2:53
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 0:03
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:00
No Image 3:01
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:00
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:59
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:51
The Rebirth of the Sixties
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:52
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:59
No Image SNS
Warner Soft Rock Nuggets, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:58