The career of the British Invasion pop group Herman’s Hermits was in full, fan-shrieking, disc-selling orbit when their first top-billed movie came to theaters, so maybe it’s only natural to think NASA would want to name a rocket after them. Well, at least that’s what’s at stake in this 1966 romp that has the five lads on a U.S. tour, where they’re mobbed by various birds – and secretly monitored by a nerdy scientist to determine if they are rocket worthy. Yes, Hold On! is not so much about making sense as it is about having fun. A double fistful of Hermits’ songs (including the Top-10 hits A Must to Avoid and Leaning on the Lamp Post) adds to the good times. Shelley Fabares, no stranger to the charts with 1962’s Johnny Angel, costars.
Hold On! is Herman’s Hermits version of the movie Help! and it is a fun film filled with great music. I watched it for the 2nd time in my life last night thanks to a remastered release from the Warner Archive. I was a little unsure with how I would feel about the film, as I said, this is the 2nd time I saw it, the first time was way back in the late 1980s when a friends of mine became obsessed with Herman’s Hermits and just about put a gun to my head to make we watch and listen to everything related to the band. I resented it at the time and this of course colored my thoughts on the film, which is a real shame, because this is really off film that acts as a less hyped time capsule of the British Invasion years. See for yourself in this clip:
If you love that time period and fun and sometimes quirky Brit Pop, drop by the Warner Archive and order Hold On! today.