It’s a Thursday night, and a fiery band with a British Invasion-vibe has taken the stage at the long and narrow Lucky Lounge in downtown Austin, Texas.
Like many port cities, Liverpool was a rough-and-tumble town in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
To get out of dreary old England and see the world, a young, streetwise Gerry Marsden figured he had only two options: Either learn to box or take up an instrument.
Here’s the thing about stardom: You cannot predict when, or if, it will ever happen.
So, if really, really good fortune does come your way, you can’t say, “No, thank you. I’ll wait for the next bus to come along.” You’ve got to grab the golden ring while you can.
Ah, the ’80s. A time of MTV, “ALF,” “E.T.,” the USFL and “C.H.U.D.” A great time indeed. And, a time of the New Wave in music.
The five-DVD set features:
• “Dusty Springfield — Once Upon a Time 1964-1969″
• “Small Faces — All or Nothing 1965-1968″
• “Herman’s Hermits — Listen People 1964-1969″
• “Gerry andthe Pacemakers — It’s Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965″
• A bonus disc featuring more than an hour of bonus performances by Dusty Springfield and Herman’s Hermits plus an hour and a half of bonus interviews
Leaving aside The Beatles, for the most part, we present the finest in ’60s Brit-pop
The music and careers of Dusty Springfield, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Small Faces and Herman’s Hermits are the cornerstones of the new British Invasion 5-DVD set. The set, which is from Reelin’ In The Years Productions, Voyage Digital Media and Naxos …
The Small Faces were snappy dressers, but their sound was gloriously gritty.
Probably no group of teenagers soared so far, so fast, as Herman’s Hermits did in the middle ’60s. Founding member and drummer Barry Whitwam says the initial wave of the British Invasion was a lot of fun and that they were “brilliant times.” He continues to front a touring version of Herman’s Hermits, and he talked to Goldmine about their early successes, working alongside future greats Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and his relationship with original lead singer Peter Noone.
The Yardbirds’ career was now barreling along, but guitarist Eric Clapton wasn’t happy with the non-stop manic enthusiasm of the band’s stage act. "Slowhand" itched to return to the basics of blues.