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The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

February 5, 2013

Troggs Lead Singer Reg Presley Dies

* Reg Presley was songwriter and lead singer
of the 1960s Pop Group
 The Troggs
Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us
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"Reg Presley, the lead singer of the 1960s rock band The Troggs, has died of cancer.
The band was best known for its hit songs Wild Thing and 
Love is All Around.
Presley's publicist say the 71-year-old died surrounded by family at his home at home in the English county of Hampshire."
Troggs lead singer Reg Presley dies
 "Wild Things They Don't Tell Us includes discussion of crop circles, UFOs, Egyptology, alchemy, religion, evolution and creationism, among other subjects. 
Reg Presley touches upon many issues, without becoming bogged down in any one. 
Don't be put off if you think you've heard it a million times before, because this book includes a little nugget of gold, or to be more accurate, white gold. 
Like Fox Mulder, Presley wants to believe, and his enthusiasm is infectious. 
In a genre that is so often the domain of con-men, I found Presley's open and honest approach to be a breath of fresh air. 
It's clear that he has no desire to befuddle or deliberately deceive the reader. 
The style of writing he employs feels similar to a pub conversation with a knowledgeable friend. 
Knowledgeable, but not know-it-all. 
Unlike authors who insist they have the one true theory, Presley is keen to remain open minded."
The Troggs
""Wild Thing" is a song written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor. Originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965
"Wild Thing" is best known for its 1966 cover by the English band The Troggs, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. 
The song peaked at one position lower in Britain."
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"The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a dramatic performance of the song, at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. 
The performance was captured in the 1967  
documentary Monterey Pop
Hendrix recorded the song live, as heard on the compilation album The Ultimate Experience
Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the song's finish"
You might want to take a look at the songs that were performed at the Monterey Pop Festival too, in relation to yesterday's Superbowl.
Songs featured in the film, in order of appearance:
  1. Scott McKenzie—"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"*
  2. The Mamas & The Papas—"Creeque Alley"* and "California Dreamin'"
  3. Canned Heat—"Rollin' and Tumblin'"
  4. Simon & Garfunkel—"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"
  5. Hugh Masekela—"Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song)"
  6. Jefferson Airplane—"High Flyin' Bird" and "Today"
  7. Big Brother & The Holding Company—"Ball 'n' Chain"
  8. Eric Burdon & The Animals—"Paint It, Black"
  9. The Who—"My Generation"
  10. Country Joe & The Fish—"Section 43"
  11. Otis Redding—"Shake" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  12. The Jimi Hendrix Experience—"Wild Thing"
  13. The Mamas & The Papas—"Got a Feelin'"
  14. Ravi Shankar—"Raga Bhimpalasi" (actually "Dhun (Dadra and Fast Teental") 
A Muppet Show version Animal on vocals and drums was performed on the Teresa Brewer episode (aired November 19, 1977)

2.22 (34) Teresa Brewer November 19, 1977
Backstage: Piggy decides to go on a diet.
Guest Act: "Cotton Fields Back Home"
Pigs in Space: The crew is running out of oxygen, fuel and water. And swill.
Song: Animal performs "Wild Thing"
Gonzo's Act: Gonzo recites Shakespeare in his own way.
At the Dance: The couples discuss losing weight.
Song: Dr. Teeth performs a song about cheesecake.
Chatting with the Guest Star: Kermit talks to Teresa about her autograph book.
Muppet Labs: Electric Nose Warmer
Song: Scooter sings "At The Hop" with some friends
Guest Act: "Spinning Wheel" with Sweetums
Guest Act: "Music! Music! Music!
#12? Joan Jett from The Runaways
Runaway? #12?
The Runaways performed a version of the song on their album  
Live in Japan
Drummer Sandy West sang lead on the track.
Comedian Sam Kinison recorded a hit novelty version in 1988, with a music video featuring cameos from Rodney Dangerfield as well as many well-known rock musicians including Steven Tyler and 
Guns N' Roses, Billy Idol, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Sebastian Bach, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, and Tommy Lee
The video also featured a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn. Kinison's version changed the song to a misogynistic rant against the title subject, with lines such as "Why didn't you tell me you were a demon from Hell" and "The only thing that gets you off is to see me in pain."
A cover by the Los Angeles-based punk band X was used in the 1989 film Major League and its 1994 sequel, Major League II.
The 1991 animated series of the comic book character Swamp Thing had a theme song that parodied "Wild Thing," with the lyrics "Swamp Thing! You are amazing!"
Cheap Trick recorded the song for the soundtrack to Encino Man in 1992, possibly as a tribute to Kinison who had died that year.
The Troggs recorded a new version in 1993, which charted in the lower reaches of the British charts.
Australian rock band Divinyls covered the song in 1993 for the soundtrack to the film Reckless Kelly
It peaked at No. 39 on the Australian Singles Chart.
Hank Williams, Jr. recorded a cover version in 1995 for his album Hog Wild.
The German group Mr. Ed Jumps the Gun recorded a version of the song in 1995 with the title Wild Thang.
Canadian music duo Prozzak, on their 1998 album Hot Show, performed a medley of this and "Poor Boy".
Westlife performed the song on their  
Where the Dreams Come True Tour (2001).
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the song on numerous occasions during their Working on a Dream Tour (2009).
Prince interpolated the chorus of the song into his cover of  
Tommy James and the Shondells' Crimson and Clover, for the album Lotusflower (2009).
Liz Phair covered this song on her 2010 album Funstyle.
American heavy metal band Chimaira did a cover of the song in 2011, and released it on their official YouTube channel.
In the UK the song was used heavily by television programme You've Been Framed, for clips generally involving animals. 
In 1992, the Troggs' version was used in the film 
D2: The Mighty Ducks.
In 2003, Aerosmith recorded a version of the song with a video, which was used for commercials and teasers advertising ABC's coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs.


  1. I remember seeing an interview with Reg Presley and him saying how his royalties from Wild Thing would allow him to spend his time studying crop circles. I didn't realise he had expanded his interests so much.

  2. I didn't even know he had a book like this until today,when I was Googleing some info on him.
    I ducked over to Amazon and bought a copy for $2,but the postage to Australia meant my $2 bargain cost me $25.
    Oh well,maybe it will turn into a collector's item?

  3. Hiya Darren, Reg was "signed" by Larry Page, alongside band members Messrs Britton, Staple, and Bond.

    Larry Page made his mark as a producer with a band called the Kinks - they were originally known as the Ravens.

    cheers brian