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Go Go Mania (1965)

Pop Gear (original title)
| Music | March 1965 (UK)
No plot here. Just a collection of lip-synched videos from some of the bands that were part of the "British Invasion" in 1964. Includes bands such as The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Peter ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jimmy Savile ...
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Allen ...
Himself (as The Nashville Teens)
The Animals ...
Themselves
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Himself (as Peter and Gordon)
Toni Baker ...
Himself (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Don Baskin ...
Himself (as The Syndicate of Sound)
...
Themselves (archive footage)
Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas ...
Themselves
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Himself (as The Animals)
Dennis D'Ell ...
Himself - Singer (as The Honeycombs)
Billie Davis ...
Herself
Spencer Davis ...
Himself (as Spencer Davis Group)
John Duckworth ...
Himself (as The Syndicate of Sound)
Chris Farlowe ...
Himself
The Four Pennies ...
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No plot here. Just a collection of lip-synched videos from some of the bands that were part of the "British Invasion" in 1964. Includes bands such as The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Peter and Gordon, and the Spencer Davis Group (with Steve Winwood). The film also features bookend live performances by The Beatles Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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It's the new international beat that's rockin' the world!

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Trivia

The Beatles appear via some newsreel footage, singing "Twist and Shout" and "She Loves You". See more »

Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the performers' names are listed twice. The second time around, Billie Davis' name is misspelled "Billy Davis". See more »

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Features The Beatles Come to Town (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The William Tell Overture
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Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Sounds Incorporated
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POP-A-GO-GO!
16 October 2000 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

What a great relief it was to see this rare "rocumentary" again this year....I first saw it on cable TV during the July 4th holiday in the US. Since then, I had been searching the WWW for more information for this rare film, with not much success, except from the exhaustive database by IMDB. (Luckily, it came back onto cable TV on October 14.)

I really like this film because of the music and the fashion during the 1960's. True, the Beatles, the Animals, Peter & Gordon, and Herman's Hermits were very popular during the 1960's here in the US and many of their songs have become a permanent part of our musical memories.

However, it was wonderful to see and hear some of the less popular British bands of the 1960's, such as Sounds Incorporated and the Honeycombs as well as the Rocking Berries and the Four Pennies. Each of them had their own "60's" flavor. (But, not all of those featured were bands as there were a few British solo singers on Pop Gear. They were a treat to listen to also.)

Personally, I liked the female drummer of the Honeycombs, whose name was Honey, as I found out on the WWW. I also liked the first dance routine with the female dancers and their colorful tops and gold hiphuggers. The second dance routine was interesting with the men wearing coats and ties and the women wearing short dresses.

(Today, you can't see many dancers wearing that kind of garb. But, there were a few all male bands on Pop Gear who didn't coats and ties.) The music during those dance routines is very symbolic of how unique the 1960's really was. (I can't find much of that "uniqueness" during the year 2000.)

Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is interested in British pop, the 1960's, or is in a band. Kudos to this rare unique "rocumentary" even if the bands were staged, except for the live footage of the Beatles at the beginning and the end of Pop Gear.


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