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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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Himself (as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas)
Don Baskin ...
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Dennis D'Ell ...
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Billie Davis ...
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John Duckworth ...
Himself (as The Syndicate of Sound)
Chris Farlowe ...
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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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The Beatles appear via some newsreel footage, singing "Twist and Shout" and "She Loves You". See more »

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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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Written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Performed by The Honeycombs featuring Dennis D'Ell, Honey Lantree, John Lantree and Alan Ward
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Fun Stuff and Sometimes Very Weird
19 September 2006 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Absolutely amazing time capsule look at the British pop music scene in 1964. There are sixteen groups (or solo singers) and several sing two of their 1964 hits, one being The Beatles who bookend the whole thing with color concert footage of "She Loves Me" and "Twist and Shout". It's the best early Beatles stuff I have ever seen and the editor does a nice job cutting between the group and the audience-mostly girls who scream and swoon-while the few boys in the audience sway to the beat and try their best to look interested.

The rest of the groups are filmed in a studio-with either lip syncing or ADR supplying the audio. The guitars are unplugged but they are playing and singing-it works fine because they are mostly on beat and it is easy enough to suspend disbelief. Jimmy Savile, a British radio personality who looks like a cross between Edgar Winter and Marty Feldman; handles the introductions. Things were very different back then-imagine trying to get 15 of today's chart topping groups to cooperate with something like this.

It is an interesting mix of British recording artists, most were just starting out and they would have extremely varied futures although few would last out the decade. About half the songs made it onto the American charts and some were big hits. This was the first wave of the British Invasion and those that didn't make it were quickly replaced by groups like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and The Velvet Underground.

1. First up is Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas doing "Little Children" on a set with giant alphabet blocks. The greased back hair and the conventional suits made this guys look outdated even in 1964.

2. Susan Maughan sings "Make Him Mine", she was a solo artist and arguably pop music's all-time prettiest girl.

3. The Four Pennies sing "Juliet" (a B-side song that unexpectedly became their biggest hit) and then later "Black Girl" (by Leadbelly).

4. The Animals do "House of the Rising Sun" and "I'm Just a Soul Whose Intentions are Good". Eric Burdon is amazing.

5. The Fourmost sing "A Little Lovin"; both group and song are forgettable.

6. The Rockin' Berries do "He's In Town" and "What In the World's Come Over You". These guys are an unexpected treat with Geoff Turtone's falsetto voice very distinctive. They are a beat group whose name came from their fondness for Chuck Berry.

7. The Honeycombs do "Come Right Back" (a great song and big hit) and "Eyes of Someone in Love" (illustrating the one-hit wonder phenomenon). They have a female drummer.

8. Sounds Incorporated perform something I did not recognize and follow it up with an up-tempo version of "The William Tell Overture" (it would be a great song for a high school football game halftime show). A five member instrumental group, at one point they have alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones going at the same time-they could have made it big if they had thought to incorporate an oboe. They also jump up and down a lot.

9. Peter and Gordon do "Please Lock Me Away". Watch Peter play a 12 string guitar complete with a back beat-he is the one of the pair who looks the most like Jane Asher (not surprising since she is his sister).

10. Matt Munro does a couple of completely dreadful songs-he looks like a cross between Perry Como and Bobby Darin and is completely out of his element in this production.

11. Herman's Hermits do "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good".

12. Tom Quickly & the Remo Four perform a song about nursery rhymes that may have inspired Monty Python's "Lumberjack Song".

13. Billie Davis does "Whatcha Gonna Do". Billie is a girl, she is very cute and wholesome.

14. The Spencer Davis Group does "My Baby" and it is a stretch to classify it as R&B.

15. The Nashville Teens try to do C&W. Except for the Stones, British groups have always struggled with country inspired tunes and the two songs here ("Tobacco Road" and "Goggle Eyes") will be quite painful listening for Americans, and the Dexy's Midnight Runner look (complete with a little boy dressed as Huck Finn) will send you scrambling for the fast forward button.

This is essential viewing for those interested in pop history and should be a lot of fun for casual fans.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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