Editors’ Notes It’s hard to imagine just how big the Mickie Most–produced Herman’s Hermits were in the '60s. It’s also hard to imagine just how critically dismissed they were based on their safe-for-mom coifs, suits, and songs, such as “I’m Henry the VIII I Am” and an absolute bubblegum version of Sam Cooke’s “(What A) Wonderful World.” It’s too bad, because the gems were many, and singer Peter Noone was blessed a soothing radio tenor that not only drove teen girls crazy but also let the songs age really well. And the tunes are more varied than many might think. The waltz-timed “East West,” “Sunshine Girl,” and “My Sentimental Friend,” for example, all have a decidedly California sunshine-pop sound, while others touch on the baroque, such as the irresistible and string-backed “No Milk Today” and “Here Comes the Star.” Even the ubiquitous hits (“There’s a Kind of Hush,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” and Goffin-King's great “I’m Into Something Good”) take on certain relevance in this historic context, where 23 of the 26 songs made the Top 40 in either the U.S. or the U.K.

SONG
I'm Into Something Good
1
2:33
 
Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
2
2:14
 
Silhouettes
3
1:59
 
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter
4
2:47
 
(What A) Wonderful World
5
1:59
 
Hold On
6
1:59
 
I'm Henry the VIII, I Am
7
1:50
 
Just a Little Bit Better
8
2:53
 
A Must to Avoid
9
1:55
 
Leaning On the Lamp Post
10
2:40
 
End of the World
11
2:59
 
Listen People
12
2:29
 
There's a Kind of Hush
13
2:33
 
East West
14
1:59
 
No Milk Today
15
2:56
 
It's Nice to Be Out In the Morning
16
2:24
 
This Door Swings Both Ways
17
2:07
 
Dandy
18
2:02
 
Sleepy Joe
19
3:14
 
Don't Go Out Into the Rain, You're Going to Melt
20
2:12
 
Sunshine Girl
21
2:36
 
Museum
22
2:39
 
I Can Take or Leave Your Loving
23
2:34
 
Something's Happening
24
3:11
 
My Sentimental Friend
25
3:14
 
Here Comes the Star
26
3:23
 

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