100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: ‘Stop Stop Stop’- The Hollies. The Hollies- ‘Stop Stop Stop’-was a rewrite of an earlier Hollies song ‘Come On Back’ from 1964. The off beat single features the banjo playing of Tony Hicks and the usual three part harmonies of singers Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash. Graham Nash has said that the song was inspired by the band being taken by music executive Morris Levy- to a strip club- the first ever time the band had been to one. The song was recorded in the famous Abbey Road Studies in London by producer Ron Richards- who also had some involvement with my boys- The Beatles. The Hollies are not the first group I associate with the British Invasion- but I have always enjoyed their work.
Single: “Stop Stop Stop’- The Hollies/ Written by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash/ Record Company- Imperial/ Time: 2:47/ Produced by Ron Richards/ Recorded June 20 and August 17, 1966/ Released October 7, 1966/ Peaked at #7 in US Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
Great chorus- and the irony of ‘Stop Stop Stop!’ kicking the chorus off.
I always loved the great harmony singing by The Hollies. They also had some nice tunes like “Bus Stop”, “Carrie-Anne” and “Long Cool Woman”. “Stop Stop Stop” is nice as well – not sure I had heard it before.
”Dear Eloise’ is another slightly hippy influenced one I quite like.
Thanks for the backstory. Never paid attention to the lyrics before but now they make more sense 😀
Good song. The Hollies were some of the best musicians to come out of that invasion thing.
Just one of many wonderful Hollies songs. I like the story and I love the banjo making it feel like he’s entered an altered reality with his obsession.
I loved The Hollies.