4/6/18: The Animals “Don’t Bring Me Down”

I’ve got a little piece of the British Invasion rocking in my head today! Eric Burdon and The Animals were part of that swarm of big-ticket artists from across the pond, but they were different from a lot of those groups.

The Animals stood in contrast to the clean-cut Beatles and the rock n’ Rolling Stones. They were darker, gritter, and far more heavy into the blues side of things. Burdon’s voice was deeper, too… and carried the band through their start in the early ’60s to their big break in ’64 with mega-hit “House of The Rising Sun.” Their collection of hard rock and bluesy British R&B made The Animals one of the most enduring groups of the era.

Their collection of signature songs extends past “House of The Rising Sun,” as well. Hits like “It’s My Life” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” also had strong sales and have stood the test of time. Sometimes, The Animals would even put their own spin on older songs by American artists, like John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and even “C.C. Rider”! My favorite of those covers is actually in my head this morning: it’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” a song that was originally co-written by Carole King!

The best part of “Don’t Bring Me Down” is the throbbing opening riff. It’s the kind of organ work that sticks with you, and the accompanying bass guitar that kicks in soon after really sets it off! It was a Top 10 song in the UK, hit #12 in the United States, and got to #3 in Canada. Everywhere it played, people loved this song! I love it to, so enjoy the last “Music in My Head” for the week!