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Reg Presley, RIP
4 February 2013
11.37pm
Ron Nasty
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The great Reg Presley, lead singer of The Troggs has died today. Not only did he give us the definitive Wild Thing, but also great originals like Love Is All Around. Also the outtake without which Spinal Tap would not have happened, an outtake referred to as The Troggs' Tapes. If you haven't heard it, go to YouTube now and type in "The Troggs Tapes", and have you ears opened. Another legend done gone!

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4 February 2013
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Ok, i posted this with a link to a youtube video of Wild Thing about 30 mins ago and its vanished.

Some of the Troggs music was fantastic and that tape that mja mentioned is quite the listen. A 60's great and a very pleasant, friendly man in interviews he gave that ive seen. Will be missed by many.

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5 February 2013
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This link still seems to be up to the greatest version of Wild Thing by the late, great Reg Presley and The Troggs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..wRrXjWgkaY

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5 February 2013
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I should add, if you have a problem with obscene language at its most extreme, don't go near The Troggs Tapes.

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5 February 2013
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Caught this on the news as I was running out the house this morning, made me stop in my tracks. RIP Reg.

What has remained with me throughout the day is that he died of cancer. I wish we could find more effective treatment for it ´cause that´s someone else. How many more?? :(

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5 February 2013
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Anyone who likes "Wild Thing" and Hendrix should check out his version at Monterrey Pop.

It's not artistically very exciting, but it provides the classic guitar-burning moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..iTXdZscdm4

 

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5 February 2013
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RIP Reg – he always had a uniquely sleazy whine of a voice.

I admit to never, ever liking their "Wild Thing" (Jimi's version was the first I ever heard/saw, and still the only one for me), but the Troggs had lots of fine jams better than that one, particularly the extremely metallic "Feels Like A Woman" (done with Black Sabbath producer Rodger Bain) and "Can't Control Myself".

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6 February 2013
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My favourite aspect of the Troggs' Tape is that they were trying to record a song called Tranquility at the time.

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