26 Proteus 1 year ago I liked Freddie and the Dreamers. While at the time I had no context to put them in, I realize now that they, like Herman's Hermits, belonged to the lineage that gave us "pure entertainers" like George Formby - guys who just wanted you to smile and didn't care if they looked cool or you were laughing at them. (At least Freddie seems to have belonged to that lineage; in video clips the rest of the guys in the band sometimes look embarrassed.) Was it rebel rock & roll? No. Were they nice melodic dancehall songs, played with a spiffy beat and incorporating contemporary sounds? I think so. Anyhow, when I was 11 and 12, I quite liked both bands. I was probably who the records were intended for. "Leanin' on a Lamppost," "Mrs Brown," "I'm Telling You Now"... these songs perfectly captured the trials, tribulations, nascent lust and longing of early adolescence. Plus, a mouse lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam.