When I Was Young – Eric Burdon and The Animals

Australian Charts:
When I Was Young peaked at no 2 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 31 May 1967.

‘When I Was Young’ is a song with a 1967 countercultural theme by Eric Burdon with The Animals.
The somewhat autobiographical song told about Burdon’s father, who was a soldier during tough times, as well as young Eric’s adventures including his first smoke of a cigarette at 10, to his meeting his first love at 13.

Burdon’s composition marks an important turning point for the Animals: many of The Animals’ hits had been Brill Building productions, most notably the husband-and-wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, which was an effort by their producer Mickie Most to make this British Invasion band sound more American. Burdon found this too restricting, and the group moved to Decca Records by 1966. This was amongst their first hits after this move.


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