Herman's Hermits: Replay

Herman's Hermits: Replay

There are 4 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 29, 2007, titled Herman's Hermits: Replay. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Somewhere, I have black and white snapshots of a Herman's Hermits concert I attended on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N.J., more than 40 years ago.

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Boog in Bel Air

Abingdon, MD

#1 Nov 30, 2007
What's wrong with being an "unapologetically apolitical entertainer"? I don't think there's anything worse than paying to see a concert and being subjected to the performer's personal views on everything from war and politics to the ecology.
There's room in the world for all types of music, even feel-good pop songs. The Beatles recorded hundreds of these songs before the love/peace/anti-war movement began in the mid-60s. Other 60s acts who tried to become political or deverlop a social conscience failed miserably at it. The 40s and 50s were full of pop songs that had no bearing on what was going on in the world at the time. Not every song or performer has to be politically or socially significant.
Why are you so disappointed that Peter Noone didn't live up to your expectations? You seem embarrassed to have ever liked his music or to have been a teenager.
Chris S

Kenosha, WI

#2 Jan 15, 2008
>>To make a political statement as a musician is a "death wish," Noone says. "You don't get into show business to have a bigger voice and five more votes," he says. "If you choose a side, you instantly lose 50 percent of the audience."<<

I applaud Peter Noone for this statement!! There are a multitude of entertainers who don't understand this. Just because their musical fans have given them celebrity status, that does not entitle them to a platform on which to become self-proclaimed saviors of society or to express a public opinion is more important or more educated than any other" man on the street." Being an entertainer does not make you a political expert.
Eileenylu

Owings, MD

#3 Jan 16, 2008
Idealism and righteous anger?? How about drug abuse and promiscuity? The 1960s had more than one side to it. And Peter Noone is what he always was - a working class guy who got lucky with his God-given talent and has spent his life entertaining people. What's wrong with that? I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Noone briefly in the 1980s and he was approachable, affable, and absolutely delightful. I reacted the same way to Peter Noone as I do to his music, with a smile. God knows, there's nothing wrong with that. Perhaps if Ms. Shapiro wishes to discuss the cultural impact of the 1960s, she should do so with an historian or a folk singer like Joan Baez or Bob Dylan. But, if Ms. Shapiro wants to reminisce about those bubbly, teenybopper days she was fortunate enough to enjoy, then Peter Noone and his music are just the ticket!
California Transplant

Eden Prairie, MN

#4 Jan 17, 2008
"I'm Henery the 8th, I am.
Henery the 8th, I am. I am.
I got married to the
widow next door.
She'd been married seven
times before.

"I'm her 8th old man
called Henery.
Henery the 8th, I am!"

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