Let this be a lesson to you, Moldy Peaches and Of Montreal and Say Hi to Your Mom: write one goofy song or have a childish name, and history is going to remember you as a novelty act. So consider this review one man's defense of Herman's Hermits, a band who deserve more regard than they're generally accorded. Longtime pop fans don't need this apologetic, so 25-and-under demographic, I'm looking at you.
Let's start with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," one of those aforementioned "goofy songs." Get past the title, and the song is a charmer: a dewy-eyed charmer about unrequited love. Between Peter Noone's tiny voice and the spritely guitars, it's like the band knocked out the template for soft-hearted indiepop one lazy Saturday afternoon. But wait, there's more: Put on "Hold On" during any beery Saturday DJ night, right in between "I'm a Cuckoo" and "Spring Rain," and it's going to work, placating pop fanatics just like "A Must to Avoid" will fascinate the Nuggets set. The Hermits (if I can be so familiar) aren't out to break down any walls, they just want to repaint them again and again and again. That they do so with such finesse should not be taken lightly.
"I'm Henry the VIII," though, you can skip.