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Former lead singer of the 60s garage band The Troggs, Reg Presley, died at the spry age of 71.  (Yes, after 18 hits, we finally have one that’s worth more than 20 points!)

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Wild thing, I think I love your jacket.

The Troggs (originally called The Troglodytes) recorded “Wild Thing” in 1966 starting a wave of garage bands and eventually influencing the Punk Rock movement.  With one fucking song.

They also reminded everyone that you do not need to be talented to rock.  A lesson still held dear by bands like The Offspring.

At a time when the Beatles were putting out one of their best albums ever, Revolver, with all its studio tricks, sound effects and track on top of track recording, The Troggs went into the studio and just played all at once like bands used to do.  The recording was so raw that it was rumored to have actually been recorded in a garage.  But no matter what the quality, it’s still miles above whatever crap that Beiber-bitch puts out.

The Troggs went on to… to…. …OK, they really sucked after “Wild Thing.”  They put out 10 more albums without a blip on the radar.  But did they have to?  I mean,… yeah, they sucked.

Then Wet Wet Wet covered their song “Love is All Around.”  This became a huge hit and eventually a Bill Nighy classic.

Reg used the proceeds from this cover to investigate crop circles.  So, that was money well spent.  He wrote about his findings in Wild Things They Don’t Tell Us.  Which I’m sure you have all read.  And, spoiler alert, they’re made by drunken hobos.

This hit goes to Dawn-n-Mike (but mostly Mike).  I say mostly Mike here because he claimed responsibility for the pick.  But when questioned, he didn’t know who The Troggs were.  So if you are being slighted, Dawn, you know who to punch in the head. …with your good hand.

Either way, they found out that good old Reg had lung cancer and picked him towards the end of the night, after they bitched out on us and left early.  (I mean, it’s not like they were warned in advance that it would be a long night.)

And they have not only doubled their score, but they have pulled ahead into the lead!  Way to go! 

Not to worry, because Nancy Reagan and Abe Vigoda can’t last forever.  Although I wish someone would tell them that.

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 60 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10, Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 30 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20)

Joanne – 30 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus – 30 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20)

Team Sushi – 20 – (Conrad Bain – 20)

Babysitter – 20 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10)

Jami – 20 – (Larry Hagman – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 10 – (Patty Andrews – 10)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

The New Dick in Town – 10 – (Jack Klugman – 10)

Gainna – 10 – (Lucille Bliss – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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