The Troggs

With a Girl Like You

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With "With a Girl Like You," the Troggs achieved the feat that eludes many artists after their first big hit single: another hit single that plays to their strengths, yet at the same time sounds substantially different from its predecessor, rather than sounding like a rewrite. "With a Girl Like You" came right after "Wild Thing," and while it actually wasn't a big hit in the States, where it only made number 29, it gave the Troggs a number one hit in their native U.K. Less raunchy than "Wild Thing," "With a Girl Like You" is built around a simple but irresistible chorded guitar riff, heard in the brief opening instrumental section. In contrast to "Wild Thing," "With a Girl Like You" has a bouncy, likable British Invasion progression, like something many just-post-Beatles British pop/rock bands would have played. It's embellished, though, by singer and songwriter Reg Presley's constant "bah-bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah" scats after many of the lines. Presley also strategically pauses at the end of the verses for drama, and though the bridge isn't much, it again adds drama when the band stutters on one chord prior to getting back to the main body of the tune. On the surface, "With a Girl Like You" might seem too bouncy and cheery for the Troggs' nasty image. What makes the song work better in the Troggs' hands than it would have in the average British beat combo's is the knowing, almost sardonic dichotomy between the strongly leering Presley vocal and the more innocuous sentiments of the words. He might only be singing about dancing and spending his life with the girl, but you know he has something more salacious on his mind. There will probably never be a more unlikely soundtrack on which the Troggs' "With a Girl Like You" is heard than Shine, in a scene in which classical piano prodigy David Helfgott has a night out on the town in London.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
From Nowhere 1966 Repertoire 2:07
No Image 1966 Collectables 2:10
No Image 1976 2:07
British Invasion: The History of British Rock 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:09
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
60s British Invasion [Fat Boy] 1993
Various Artists
Fat Boy 2:07
The Best of the Troggs [Griffin] 1995 Griffin 2:16
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 2:06
Cool Beat: 20 Rock Classics from the Sixties 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Their Very Best [Pickwick/Hallmark] 1995 Hallmark Recordings 2:14
Golden Hits of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:10
Love Songs of the 60's [Madacy] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:11
The EP Collection 1997 See For Miles Records 2:10
Empire Made 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:06
Keep on Troggin' 1998 E2 2:20
Jukebox Hits of 1966, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 2:06
Cocodrilo Club 2000
Various Artists
Tempo 2:10
High Profile 2000 Direct Source 2:12
British Invasion [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:09
British Invasion, Vol. 2 [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
British Rock, Vol. 2 [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:09
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:11
Love Is All Around: The Very Best 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:15
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige / Prestige Elite Records 2:14
Love Is All Around [UK Import] 2002 Import 2:11
Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 2:14
Sixties Jukebox Classics 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 2:07
Sixties: A Decade to Remember [3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:10
The Sixties - A Decade to Remember: Pick of the Pops 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:10
Wild Thing [Prism] 2003 Blumountain Records 2:12
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:12
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection 2004 Mercury 2:10
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:09
Hit Single Anthology 2004 Polygram / Fontana 2:07
The Singles A's & B's 2005 Repertoire 2:07
Smash Hits [Euro Trend] 2007
Various Artists
Euro Trend / IMV Blueline 2:13
The Singles 2007 BR Music 2:10
The 60s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:07
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics 2008
Various Artists
Polystar 2:08
The Solid Silver 60s: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:07
Pirate Radio Motion Picture Soundtrack 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution / Universal Republic / Republic 2:07
Made in Dagenham [Original Soundtrack] 2010
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O / Universal Music TV 2:08
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 2:10
60s Party Hits
Various Artists
Euro Trend 2:13
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 2:10
Box of Rock [Disc 8]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:12
Greatest Hits [Universal] Universal 2:07
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:07
Rock 'N' Roll Fever of the Sixties, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Madacy 2:16
The Troggs [Single] BR Music
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 2:06
No Image Fontana Distribution 2:07