14 January 2011

TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: The Animals - 1965


The Animals were an influential English rock group from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, formed in the early 60s. They later in the decade relocated to the bustling London scene.

Known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, the band is best known for timeless classics such as "The House of the Rising Sun", "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", and "It's My Life" (below).

The Animals presented a unique blend of rock-oriented pop hits along with R&B material to fill out the albums.  Considered in the U.S. as part of the British Invasion, The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes over the years and like so many others of the era, suffered from poor business management. 

Later -under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals- they moved to California and yet again achieved commercial success, this time as a psychedelic rock band.  Hits of this era include "San Franciscan Nights" and "Sky Pilot". Guitarist Andy Summers was with the band in this period, who later went on to found The Police along with Sting and Stewart Copeland.

The band broke up in 1969, with the cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" released subsequently.

The original Animals lineup had a brief reunion in 1977 and then again in 1983. There have been several partial regroupings since then under various names, along with legal wrangling over the rights. The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994...


Wikipedia

Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truly exceptional band

Dan Cleary said...

I like this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlU6oToJUR8

Roux said...

Gotta love the hunting trophies...

Reaganite Republican said...

I thought that was a pretty cool touch, these guys were over-the-top

The first time the came to America in '65 they cruised into Manhattan from the airport each in a separate Cadillac limo and with a model

Some guys know how to live lol

innominatus said...

Sing it with me now!

There is a house in ol' DC
That's full of lying scum

Reaganite Republican said...

So Mommas, tell your children

Not to do what he has done

Spend all our money - in far-left kleptocracy

In the House of the Lying Scum...

lololol

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

One of my all time favorites is House of the Rising Sun. I couldn't remember who the host was. Looked it up: George Maharis. I don't know much about him, but certainly had some recognition of the face. He would be 82 years old now!

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks, Maggie- I was going to look up who the guy was, too

Reaganite Republican said...

Dan Cleary, that's a new one to me... cool

Bob Belvedere said...

'The House Of The Lying Scum' - perfect!

Linked to at:
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE BREATHER...

Reaganite Republican said...

Thank you kindly, Robert-

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