Sunday, September 11, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/11/2016

For today's 9-11 countdown post, I wanted to highlight one of the most positive and life-affirming songs in either mix collection, so we return to the 1967 editon of Nancy's Favorites, and take a listen to one of The Troggs' biggest hits.

Though never very popular in the States, and more known for lust-focused early proto-punk and garage hits like Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, and I Can't Control Myself, Andover England's The Troggs were actually one of the most stylistically versatile of the original British Invasion acts, and never was that counter-persona versatility more on display than with their classic flower-power ballad Love Is All Around.

Released late in 1967, the sweet, disarmingly simple song would go on to become a major charter in 1968 and an enduring fan favorite. It has been covered countless times by other acts, including REM, and for Christmas fans, most notably in lyrically reworked form as a shameless holiday commercial ploy by aging rocker Billy Mack, hysterically portrayed by veteran British character actor Bill Nighy, in Richard Curtis's Love, Actually.  

If I'm being completely honest, I know it was the Love, Actually version that inspired Nancy to pick this track for her mix, so here's a video for that version of the song as well.

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