100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Don’t Bring Me Down- The Animals. Don’t Bring Me Down- was another of the Brill Building hits for The Animals. Their producer Mickie Most made a call for some songs and got three at once- all turning out to be big hits- ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Don’t Bring Me Down.’ The Animals had mixed emotions about this material- while they were getting hit material -they preferred the more R&B numbers that would fill out the albums. By the time they recorded “Don’t Bring Me Down’ they had a new producer- Tom Wilson- of Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel fame. This was their first release with a new drummer- Barry Jenkins who had replaced founding member John Steel.
- Single: ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’
- Record Company- MGM
- Genre: Rock
- Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
- Time: 3:13
- B-side: ‘Cheating’
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #12 in US Billboard Hot 100. #6 in UK Singles Chart.
One of their greats. I never connected the Brill writers to the Animals. They were lucky to have such talented writers, it made them a great band.
They seemed to put the grit into everything they tackled- even a Geffin-King song.
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I agree about the gritty feel. Eric Burdon wasn’t born to be an Andy Williams or Barry Manilow. sorta singer!
Thank god for that!
Love this song. But then, I pretty much loved everything the Animals did.
Ill second all the comments