I'm into Something Good

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"I'm into Something Good"
Single by Herman's Hermits
from the album Herman's Hermits
Released 1964
Recorded 1964
Genre Beat, pop
Length 2:25
Label MGM Records K13280 (US)
Pye Records (UK)[1]
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin
Carole King[1]
Producer(s) Mickie Most[1]
Herman's Hermits singles chronology
"I'm into Something Good"
(1964)
"Show Me Girl"
(1964)

"I'm into Something Good" is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Herman's Hermits.[1] The song was originally recorded by Cookies member Earl-Jean in 1964 and reached number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Soon thereafter, Herman's Hermits recorded the song as their debut single, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on 14 September 1964, and staying there for two weeks.[1][2][3] The song peaked at number 13 in the US later that year. Arranged by Hermit's guitarist Derek Leckenby, the record featured an uptempo rendition. At least one melody from the song is Twelve-bar blues.[4]

Herman's Hermits' release at the height of the British Invasion came while Brill Building songwriters, Goffin and King in this case, found themselves in danger of obsolescence, as most of the British groups wrote their own material. The song has since been featured in films such as The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, and was also featured in the Season 5 episode Road to Rupert of Family Guy.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was featured in the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. From its inclusion in the soundtrack, a solo version by Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone climbed the adult contemporary chart that year.

In the season 6 episode of Kids Incorporated, The Hero, Devyn (played by Devyn Puett) covered this song in 1990.

Brian Wilson covered the song, which features Carole King, and it is included in the Best Buy edition of his 2008 album, That Lucky Old Sun.

The Bird and the Bee covered the song and released it as a single in March 2010. Their version was also included on the soundtrack for the film, Valentine's Day and television Love Bites show season 1 episode 6 "TMI."

On television, the sitcom The Partridge Family featured a cover version (lead vocal by David Cassidy) recorded in 1973, that was seen twice during the fourth season. The song (produced by Wes Farrell) was never officially released on either vinyl or CD.

Another version was recorded by The Langley Schools Music Project in 1976. This cover is also used for a recent McDonalds commercial aired in 2010 at Australia.

Using the title "Something Good" Marianne Faithfull covered the song on her 2002 album Kissin Time. It featured Billy Corgan as a guest musician.

Herman's Hermits performance credits[edit]

Barry Whitwam has stated that the Hermits themselves played on the track, not Jimmy Page, since Mickie Most and former lead singer "Herman" (Peter Noone) had implied otherwise after having lost the rights to the band's name.[5] Whitwam further states, in regard to exaggerations of songs on which they supposedly did not play:

"Everything he says is that it was Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Page probably can't remember any of the songs that he played. If you look at our top ten in America, “I'm Into Something Good”, it was us. All Hermits. There was only a piano added on. That was on a two track machine so we played at the same time. That got to number thirteen. “Can't You Hear My Heartbeat”, there were no other instruments. That got to number two. “Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter” got to number one. “I'm Henry the VIII”. Number one. “A Must to Avoid”. Number eight. “Listen People”. “Leaning on the Lamppost”. That's six in the top ten with Jimmy Page or anybody else not involved! Another seventy of the tracks on the albums is only the Hermits. I think I worked it out, and I think in only thirty percent of all the songs ever recorded the Hermits didn't do the backing, but the Hermits were always on the vocals doing the harmonies. So he's trying to discredit us, saying that we didn't have anything to do with anything."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 84. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 5th April 2014 | The UK Charts | Top 40". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 167–8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Son," Allen F. Moore, p 108
  5. ^ a b Tweedle, Sam. "Memoirs of a Hermit: Setting the Record Straight with Herman’s Hermit’s Barry Whitwam". Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. popcultureaddict.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

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Preceded by
"You Really Got Me" by The Kinks
UK number-one single
24 September 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison