Including: “Nothing But A Houseparty”, “Peggy Sue” and “Rag Doll”
Back cover liners
The Tremeloes have always been Crown Princes of Mainstream Pop. They probably always will be. It all started when they were fronted by Brian Poole, having already paid their dues listening to, and effectively playing all the right riffs and intonations from Buddy Holly through to the then obscure Tamla Motown rhythm-and-blues (nobody called it ‘soul’ in those days).
It all came bubbling out of them at the same time as the Merseybeat Invasion, and Brian and the Tremeloes were one of the few Southern groups who came up with the right mixture of funk and imagination to race them up the charts.
After a lot of very big hits with Brian, things slumped, the band split with Brian and slept for a short time before coming up with “Here Comes My Baby”, a good-time bit of whimsy that swung them back on to the charts.
Their next was “Silence Is Golden” – the first number one for the British CBS label but not for the Trems. Many hits followed, all clever, well-played, well-sung and produced and all riding the contemporary pop crest.
During those periods when pop fashions get too left-field, the Trems have had to struggle for hits. ‘British R & B’, bubble-gum, heavy acid rock and teeny-bopper-fodder have never been good vehicles for them.
But when the definitive History Of Rock & Roll has been written, the Tremeloes will have many, many records engraved on the Roll Of Honour. This album shows them on some of their favourite tunes associated with other artists – from Buddy Holly through the Hollywood Argyles to the Four Tops – and it also gives you four of their own biggest hits. Four unbeatable milestones.
“Nothing But A Houseparty”
My choice cut of this album is the late ’60s hard-edged raver “Nothing But A Houseparty”, released by the Tremeloes in July 1968. The number was first recorded by The Show Stoppers and then John Smith & the New Sound in 1967.
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