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Peter Noone: Oh, to Be a Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roll Star in the ’60s

Sounds like continuity error aficionados can have some fun with the campy Herman’s Hermits movies “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “Hold On!” and “When The Boys Meet The Girls” — all of which have been freshly brought out by Warner Archive Collection.

Peter Noone

“When we did ‘Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,’ we’d been touring 360 days a year, and then suddenly we were working in one place all the time, eating three healthy meals a day instead of rushing to make our trains and planes.  I went from 110 pounds to 140 pounds,” recalls Hermits frontman Peter Noone.  Consequently, if you look closely, his weight pops up and down, scene to scene.

Peter Noone

The trio of movies takes Noone back to pop music’s British Invasion of the mid-1960s, when he and his band mates sold some 60 million records and had a heck of a good time.  Seeing the movies again, he says he’s impressed with “how naively optimistic everybody was in those days.  It was a wonderful time you know.  Nothing really mattered.  We were in show business, and nobody ever asked us about politics.  Probably not one person in the band even knew who the American President was,” admits Noone, who was all of 15 when he became “Herman.”

“We were kids.  We knew good songs for a movie.  That was our thing, or sitting around talking about girls.  We may have been selling millions of records, but we still behaved like teenage boys.”

He recalls MGM brass recoiling at the news that he and his chums “could be seen riding around Benedict Canyon on motorcycles.  They wanted us in bed at 8 o’clock, so we could be ready on the set at 8 in the morning.  But normally, we’d be up ’til 5 — and then still get to the set by 8.  The things you can do at that age,” he says with a laugh.

“We were never malicious,” adds Noone, who still plays 100 concert dates in the U.S. and another 100 in the U.K. every year.  “We took it all in like a dream sequence.”