THE GROUNDHOGS
Proto-Metal / Metal Related / Hard Rock • United Kingdom

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The Groundhogs fronted by Tony McPhee on Guitar and Vocals were a top Progressive Blues Rock Group. Emerging in the early sixties as a blues band, noted for backing visiting American Blues Artists such as John Lee Hooker. The band evolved in the latter part of the sixties into a heavy rock group scoring a hit with their fourth and possibly most popular album ‘Split’. Through the seventies the band continued to record and play live as a trio with changing band members, towards the end of the seventies recording as a four piece with addition of a second guitar. The band disbanded in the late seventies later to reform a year or so later as a trio with new members. The Groundhogs continued through the nineteen eighties with many personnel changes through to 2004 when the band was finally laid to rest by leader Tony McPhee.

In 2007 Tony
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Scratching the Surface
Proto-Metal 1968
.. Album Cover 3.61 | 3 ratings
Blues Obituary
Proto-Metal 1969
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 4 ratings
Thank Christ for the Bomb
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover 4.53 | 6 ratings
Split
Proto-Metal 1971
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Who Will Save the World?
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
Hogwash
Proto-Metal 1972
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
Solid
Proto-Metal 1973
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Black Diamond
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Crosscut Saw
Hard Rock 1976
.. Album Cover 2.05 | 2 ratings
Razors Edge
Hard Rock 1985
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Back Against the Wall
Hard Rock 1987
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hooker And The Hogs
Metal Related 1993
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dirty Mother... Billy Boy Arnold And The Groundhogs
Metal Related 1997
.. Album Cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Hogs In Wolf's Clothing
Metal Related 1998
.. Album Cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Muddy Waters Songbook
Metal Related 1999

THE GROUNDHOGS EPs & splits

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Split
Proto-Metal 1971

THE GROUNDHOGS live albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Leeds '71
Proto-Metal 1971
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down on the Ground
Proto-Metal 1980
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Extremely Live
Proto-Metal 1988
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Hogs on the Road
Proto-Metal 1988
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No Surrender
Proto-Metal 1989
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Groundhog Night
Proto-Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC Radio One Live in Concert
Proto-Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Who Said Cherry Red?
Proto-Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Surrender: Razors Edge Tour 1985
Proto-Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC on Air 1970-1972
Proto-Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
US Tour '72
Proto-Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boogie With Us
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groundhog Blues
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadows
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Astoria
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groundhogs Live
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Proto-Metal 2001
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The Lost Tapes, Volume 1
Proto-Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Tapes, Volume 2
Proto-Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Radio One Sessions
Proto-Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC Live in Concert
Proto-Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eccentric Man: Live at the Marquee
Proto-Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
UK Tour '76
Proto-Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hoggin' the Stage Plus
Proto-Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the New York Club: Switzerland 1991
Proto-Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish Radio Masters '76
Proto-Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solid - Live
Proto-Metal 2011

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THE GROUNDHOGS boxset & compilations

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Moving Fast Standing Still
Proto-Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Groundhogs Best 1969-72
Proto-Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Please Leave My Mind - Herbal Mixture
Metal Related 1993
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Four Groundhog Originals
Proto-Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Diamond / Crosscut Saw
Proto-Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Best Of
Proto-Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The HTD Years
Proto-Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3744 James Road
Proto-Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
High On the Hog
Proto-Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joker's Grave
Proto-Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Thank Christ For The Groundhogs: The Liberty Years 1968 - 1972
Proto-Metal 2010

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Shake It / Rock Me
Metal Related 1965
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You Don't Love Me / Still A Fool
Metal Related 1968
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B.D.D. / Gasoline
Proto-Metal 1969
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Eccentric Man / Status People
Proto-Metal 1970
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Ship On The Ocean / Strange Town
Proto-Metal 1970
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Split
Proto-Metal 1971
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Sad Go Round / Overblue
Proto-Metal 1973
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Plea Sing Plea Song / Dog Me Bitch
Proto-Metal 1974
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Live A Little Lady / Boogie Withus
Proto-Metal 1976
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Pastoral Future / Live Right
Proto-Metal 1976

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Live At The Astoria
Proto-Metal 2008
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60 / 40 Split
Proto-Metal 2008

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THE GROUNDHOGS Solid

Album · 1973 · Proto-Metal
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The 'Hogs pour out the pig iron. Hoofed-heavy, filthy, gluttonous and gloomy, so smeltering sloopy. Solid snorts out the eccentric, existential despair and the schizo side of "The Hog" (Tony McPhee).

Just coming off his solo album, "The Two Sides Of Tony (T.S.) McPhee" (1973) with his experimentation of the latest electronics on the side long track, "The Hunt", is a real shift from the bluesed psych, guitar swilling so synonymous with the Groundhogs and showcases McPhee's talent on the keyboards and synthesizers. McPhee would take his twisted taste of technical trickery and snarl it with his sonic, shifting guitar style that would be Solid.

Bringing back his rhythm section from Hogwash, drummer Clive Brooks and long time bassist, Pete Cruickshanks and recording in his home studio, this is all about the 'Hog and his new toys of a Mellotron and the latest synthesizer with a ring modulator, phasers and wah wahs and even on some tracks sending his gruff vocals through a vocoder with muddled effects, at times being messy.

The Mellotron morbidly magnifies the melancholy, manic-depressive lyrical content and shadely blends with the bog bottom blues boom and the progressive, stabbing sig shifts with "Light My Light", "Sins Of The Father" and "Snow Storm". Three outstanding tracks that would be become a mainstay in the 'Hog's live performances for the next two and half decades.

"Free From All Alarm" opens up acoustically, but McPhee can't make it without engaging electrification halfway the track. Too bad, the tune has a great greasy groove of country gliding over boogie. "Gosh darn it Tony! Let the strings slide and sing."

"Corn Cob" is the bacon of the 'Hogs. Barbequed blues-rock.

"Plea Sing, Plea Song". Please no.

"Hello da'ere" opens up "Joker's Grave" as it captures the capricious center of Tony McPhee's eccentricity. Synthesized silliness. Erratic and no purpose. Nine and half minutes of needless noodling.

Solid isn't up to the snuff as thier conceptual trilogy, "Thank Christ For The Bomb", "Split" and "Who'll Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs!" and has the qualities and irregularities of Hogwash.

The Groundhogs disbanded after this release but McPhee put together a new lineup two years later and released two albums in 1976, "Black Diamond" and "Crosscut Saw". The 'Hogs didn't sell out to the "mainstream" as so many of thier contemparies from the heyday of proto-metal did, however they were also put out to pasture by the emerging presence of punk.

Note: August 2011. Just released, a live album from the tour that followed the release of Solid in 1974 containing, "Light My Light", "Free From All Alarm" and "Sins Of The Father/Sad Go Round" from Solid. "Dog Me Bitch" from the solo album, The Two Sides Of Tony (T.S.) Mcphee and "Soldier" from Thank Christ For The Bomb.

All these tracks have been released in part on other live compilations but never together as recorded on May 23rd, 1974.

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Fantastic detailed discography. All be adding a couple of more.

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