Title: Look Through Any Window
Artist: The Hollies
Album: Hear! Here!
Year Released: 1965
What It Is: Fantastic British-Invasion pop rock, with chiming 12-string guitars and fabulous harmonies. The Hollies knew their way around hit singles!
Riffage / Hookage: Hooks! Hooks! Hooks!
Cowbell?: No, but the drumming by Bobby Elliott is pretty strong for the era!
Words Of Wisdom: “Oh, You can see the little children all around
Oh, You can see the little ladies in their gowns, when you
Look through any window, yeah
Any time of day
See the drivers on the roads
Button down their heavy loads”
That’s a little creepy – even in 1965 – it was creepy! Vouyerism! Yeesh!
Mixology Report: Anyone with a soft spot for classic pop rock would adore this!
Top Five Genius Results: Peter & Gordon – A World Without Love
The Beau Brummels – Laugh, Laugh
The Searchers – Needles & Pins
The Dave Clark Five – Catch Us If You Can
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying
For The Good Of The Order: Graham Nash came from the Hollies to greater fame, but he was just a moving piece in the Hollies puzzle. He wanted the group to be less commercial and more ‘serious’ but they were such hitmakers that it didn’t make sense, and so he left. Plus he was definitely the second banana behind Allan Clarke. Sometimes the gambit works in leaving a big band, and sometimes you wind up being David Knopfler.
Here’s a shot of them miming to it on Hullabaloo with Frankie Avalon as host:
Here are two actual for real live clips: