Jan 05

HERMAN’S HERMITS – “I’m Into Something Good”

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#178, 26th September 1964

Sunshine pop from Goffin and King – and whether their pen-portrait of dating etiquette seemed quaint at the time or not, Peter Noone sings it with a perfect innocence. Hands clap, the backbeat rolls gently along, the Beach Boys harmonies complete a very pretty picture. If I hadn’t been sixteen myself, I could almost believe that Noone really doesn’t know what “something good” might be.



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    rosie on 14 Jun 2008 #

    Another fascinating Haloscan comment lost – not by me, can’t remember who.

    The Stones’ It’s All Over Now probably wasn’t Blues as T-Bone Walker or Robert Johnson might recognise it, but for all its jauntiness this one is. It’s the first twelve-bar blues to top the British chart and its opening words are “Woke up this morning”. Now beat that!

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    wichita lineman on 7 Mar 2009 #

    “Woke up this morning…”, good call, Rosie. And breathy Earl Jean’s original had a blue (for want of a more musicological term) chord change on “last night I met a new boy…” which leaves you in no doubt about the Something Good she’s cooing about. Hermits’ producer Mickie Most shrugged it off, ironed out the rude creases, stuck a goofy boy in front of the mike, and scored the bigger hit on both sides of the ocean. No snobbery intended, I like both, and think HH are possibly THE most underrated UK 60s pop act.

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    Billy Smart on 20 Sep 2010 #

    TOTPWatch. Herman’s Hermits thrice performed ‘I’m Into Something Good’ on Top Of The Pops.

    2 September 1964. Also in the studio that week were; Dave Berry, Marianne Faithfull, The Honeycombs and The Kinks. David Jacobs was the host.

    16 September 1964. Also in the studio that week were; Julie Rogers, Marianne Faithfull and PJ Proby. Jimmy Saville was the host.

    24 December 1964. Also in the studio that week were; Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Manfred Mann, Sandie Shaw, The Animals, The Beatles, The Four Pennies, The Honeycombs, The Kinks and The Searchers. Jimmy saville, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray & David Jacobs were the hosts.

    None of the editions have survived.

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    Lena on 15 Jul 2011 #

    And the fine #2 behind this: http://musicsoundsbetterwithtwo.blogspot.com/2011/07/raggedy-ann-four-seasons-rag-doll.html Merci beaucoup tout le monde!

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    lonepilgrim on 2 Nov 2011 #

    Herman’s Hermits were a bigger deal in the US where they had a couple of number 1s – including this one:


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    enitharmon on 19 Jun 2014 #

    And it’s goodbye Gerry Goffin.

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    lonepilgrim on 20 Mar 2015 #

    another stomper, although more lightweight melodically than its predecessors. I enjoy this in small doses but compared to the directness of ‘You really got me’ it seems a little prim and proper.

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    Gareth Parker on 28 May 2021 #

    Pleasant enough stuff from Peter Noone and co., in my opinion. In the middle here, so 5/10 for me.

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