THE GROUNDHOGS

Proto-Metal / Non-Metal / Hard Rock / Heavy Psych • 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.

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THE GROUNDHOGS Scratching the Surface album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Scratching the Surface
Proto-Metal 1968
THE GROUNDHOGS Blues Obituary album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Blues Obituary
Proto-Metal 1969
THE GROUNDHOGS Thank Christ for the Bomb album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Thank Christ for the Bomb
Hard Rock 1970
THE GROUNDHOGS Split album cover 4.34 | 9 ratings
Split
Heavy Psych 1971
THE GROUNDHOGS Who Will Save the World? album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Who Will Save the World?
Hard Rock 1972
THE GROUNDHOGS Hogwash album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Hogwash
Hard Rock 1972
THE GROUNDHOGS Solid album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Solid
Hard Rock 1973
THE GROUNDHOGS Black Diamond album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Black Diamond
Hard Rock 1976
THE GROUNDHOGS Crosscut Saw album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Crosscut Saw
Hard Rock 1976
THE GROUNDHOGS Razors Edge album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Razors Edge
Non-Metal 1985
THE GROUNDHOGS Back Against the Wall album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Back Against the Wall
Non-Metal 1987
THE GROUNDHOGS Hooker And The Hogs album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hooker And The Hogs
Non-Metal 1993
THE GROUNDHOGS Dirty Mother... Billy Boy Arnold And The Groundhogs album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dirty Mother... Billy Boy Arnold And The Groundhogs
Non-Metal 1997
THE GROUNDHOGS Hogs In Wolf's Clothing album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Hogs In Wolf's Clothing
Non-Metal 1998
THE GROUNDHOGS Muddy Waters Songbook album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Muddy Waters Songbook
Non-Metal 1999

THE GROUNDHOGS EPs & splits

THE GROUNDHOGS Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Split
Non-Metal 1971

THE GROUNDHOGS live albums

THE GROUNDHOGS Live at Leeds '71 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Leeds '71
Hard Rock 1971
THE GROUNDHOGS Down on the Ground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Down on the Ground
Proto-Metal 1980
THE GROUNDHOGS Extremely Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Extremely Live
Non-Metal 1988
THE GROUNDHOGS Hogs on the Road album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hogs on the Road
Non-Metal 1988
THE GROUNDHOGS No Surrender album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Surrender
Non-Metal 1989
THE GROUNDHOGS Groundhog Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groundhog Night
Non-Metal 1993
THE GROUNDHOGS BBC Radio One Live in Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC Radio One Live in Concert
Non-Metal 1994
THE GROUNDHOGS Who Said Cherry Red? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Who Said Cherry Red?
Non-Metal 1996
THE GROUNDHOGS No Surrender: Razors Edge Tour 1985 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Surrender: Razors Edge Tour 1985
Non-Metal 1998
THE GROUNDHOGS BBC on Air 1970-1972 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC on Air 1970-1972
Non-Metal 1998
THE GROUNDHOGS US Tour '72 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
US Tour '72
Non-Metal 1999
THE GROUNDHOGS Boogie With Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boogie With Us
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS Groundhog Blues album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Groundhog Blues
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS Shadows album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadows
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS Live at the Astoria album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Astoria
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS Groundhogs Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groundhogs Live
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS In Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert
Proto-Metal 2000
THE GROUNDHOGS 54146 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
54146
Proto-Metal 2001
THE GROUNDHOGS The Lost Tapes, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Tapes, Volume 1
Proto-Metal 2001
THE GROUNDHOGS The Lost Tapes, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Tapes, Volume 2
Proto-Metal 2001
THE GROUNDHOGS The Radio One Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Radio One Sessions
Proto-Metal 2002
THE GROUNDHOGS BBC Live in Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC Live in Concert
Proto-Metal 2002
THE GROUNDHOGS Eccentric Man: Live at the Marquee album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Eccentric Man: Live at the Marquee
Proto-Metal 2003
THE GROUNDHOGS UK Tour '76 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
UK Tour '76
Proto-Metal 2004
THE GROUNDHOGS Hoggin' the Stage Plus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hoggin' the Stage Plus
Proto-Metal 2006
THE GROUNDHOGS Live at the New York Club: Switzerland 1991 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the New York Club: Switzerland 1991
Proto-Metal 2007
THE GROUNDHOGS Swedish Radio Masters '76 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish Radio Masters '76
Proto-Metal 2009
THE GROUNDHOGS Solid - Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solid - Live
Proto-Metal 2011

THE GROUNDHOGS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE GROUNDHOGS re-issues & compilations

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

THE GROUNDHOGS singles (10)

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Shake It / Rock Me
Non-Metal 1965
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You Don't Love Me / Still A Fool
Non-Metal 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

THE GROUNDHOGS Reviews

THE GROUNDHOGS Split

Album · 1971 · Heavy Psych
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Purveying a deeply nuanced brand of blues rock with significant psych influences, the Groundhogs bridge the ground between psychedelia and proto-prog on the one hand and hard rockin' blues-influenced chugging on the other, with the side-long title track perhaps being the best example of this. Band leader Tony McPhee gets the (distorted) cover shot but really richly deserves it, with his distinctive vocals and guitar playing really being the foundation stone of the group's sound. Though the title track really feels like four different songs mashed together than one single coherent piece, this is still a very distinctive artifact replete with the transitional spirit of 1971.

THE GROUNDHOGS Solid

Album · 1973 · Hard Rock
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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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