100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Bus Stop- The Hollies. The Hollies second Top 40 hit in the United States- from the summer of 1966- following ‘Look Through Any Window’- both hits were written by future 10cc member- songwriter Graham Gouldman. Gouldman at the time was a men’s outfitter. He wrote the song on the bus home after work. The first line of the song- came with a little help-his father gave it to him- playwright Hyme Gouldman. Graham would say of his father:” My late father was a writer. He was great to have around. I would write something and always show him the lyric and he would fix it for me. You know, he’d say ‘There’s a better word than this’ – he was kind of like a walking thesaurus as well and quite often, sometimes, he came up with titles for songs as well.’ No Milk Today’ is one of his titles, and also the 10cc song ‘Art For Art’s Sake.’ Before 10cc- Graham Gouldman also wrote in addition to ‘Look Through Any Window’ and ‘Bus Stop’ for The Hollies- ‘For Your Love’- The Yardbirds and my favorite song from Herman’s Hermits- ‘No Milk Today. ‘Bus Stop’ features guitar sounding guitar- joining such groups as The Beatles, Kinks, Byrds and Yardbirds with that sound. ‘Bus Stop’ would be The Hollies second biggest American hit- behind ‘ Long Cool Woman’ #2.
- Single: ‘Bus Stop’- The Hollies
- Record Company- Parlophone
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Graham Gouldman
- Time: 2:51
- B-side: ‘ Don’t Run And Hide’
- Album- Bus Stop
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #5 in US Billboard Hot100. #5 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
Well sung, good song, good songwriter and lyrics that sound oh so British- Rain, queuing, rain, bus stops, rain, sharing umbrellas, rain…
Counter point guitars on Bus Stop, the Hollies were excellent musicians. Check out Bus Stop by the Mona Lisa Twins on Youtube. They cover all the British invasion music.
A fun song, cheery despite being in a minor key.
After reading Nash’s book I come to like them more. Nash is ok but the Hollies is what I really got into.
i agree with you!
I love this song.
One of my favorite Hollies tunes – always loved it!
Great song. I love that opening guitar riff.