This was one dollar. Or possibly 80 cents. I think I got it on sale. I definitely remember that I got a spat of Herman’s Hermits’ records at the time. This comes around the same time that 24 Hour Party People has been playing on the TV. Of course the Madchester scene in the movie was different from the Manchester of the Hermits but at some level, there is a correlation between the types of music emanating from the city north of London.
I have been to Manchester, once, for a day. I went to see the Pogues. I stayed in a pub-hotel, the Mitre, which was affordable yet pretty low on amenities. The cab driver on the way to the hotel kept asking why I would stay at the Mitre. Kept laboring the point. Said I could have got a better deal at a newer hotel (for the record, I had a lovely stay at the Mitre). Also for the record, I think the renovated since then as this story took place in 2004.
So for 15 mins, the cab driver just kept berating me for staying at the hotel. Other than walking around the city and checking out the Christmas market, I saw the Pogues play at what was at the time, the Manchester Evening News Arena, the now Manchester Arena and site of recent suicide bombing. Can not remember which pubs I went to which is a shame, but it was up and early in the morning to take the train to London.
Well enough rambling about the city. This was the soundtrack to the second Herman’s Hermits’ movie, Hold On! . Released in 1966 and featuring a plot that centered around NASA, the movie was set (and filmed I believe) mostly in the US, featuring clips from recent American performances. Greatly influenced by Help!, the film got mixed reviews but has received more acceptance over time.
The US record features 10 songs including one with actress Shelley Fabares, Donna Reed’s TV daughter, on lead vocals. Decent stuff. Kind of falls in line with the rest of Herman’s catalog. The other albums I bought at the time from the group were better, but this is not bad.
For a sample, I went with “A Must To Avoid” which was released as a single that went to the UK top ten. I also included the B side, a re-recording of an earlier hit for the group, George Formby’s “Leaning On A Lamppost”. If you have been reading this blog, you may recognize this song as I posted it some months earlier from a camp album.
Anyway, decent enough record. Satisfactory.