Herman's Hermits drummer Barry Whitwam believes they were the boy band of the 1960s. Compared to fellow acts of the time, such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits were the new kids on the block.
"We were just a boy band really. The age when we started was only about 17."
And when asked how boy bands of the 2000s differed to those in the 1960s?
"Well, they're all dancing now aren't they," Whitwam said.
Herman's Hermits never did much dancing; however, the 66-year-old said they did learn a step or two in 1970 for the Royal Command performance.
"Management said, well, let's get you boys dancing. So we learnt to dance, it took us about three months of practising every day - and I must admit, we weren't bad at it either."
Although by no means did the smooth moves come naturally, he said.
"We never danced after that. That was it, just three weeks of dancing. It took a lot of work and practice, I've never been fitter in all my life."
The British band formed in April 1964, and had their first taste of success soon after with a recording of Earl Jean's I'm Into Something Good, which hit No 1 in England and stayed there for three weeks.
"That was the beginning really," he said.
Having a record in the charts during that time was unbelievable, Whitwam said. Not many did it, and those who did kept doing it again and again.
"You had to be careful when you released your records in the '60s though.
"Herman's Hermits didn't want to release a record at the same time as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, and vice-versa.
"You had to slot yourself in between all the other releases."
Perhaps the biggest hits to come out of the group were Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter and I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am.
Along with Whitwam, the original members of the group were Keith Hopwood, Derek Leckenby, and Peter Noone, who was already an experienced actor on Coronation Street.
Noone left in 1971, and Leckenby died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1994, leaving Whitwam the only original member of the band.
"I've been in the band continuously for 48 years, touring the world and I still enjoy it a lot.
"I'm very proud to still be here, and still in good health, fortunately. It's great seeing the people still enjoying it," he said.
"We were very lucky getting those good songs back in the '60s because people still remember them and sing along."
Joining him on this year's tour, which will arrive at the Nelson Suburban Club on Sunday, are three guys who Whitwam refers to as a bunch of his friends from Manchester. They are Simon van Downham, Geoff Foot, and Kevan Lingard.
"You have to be good mates on the road otherwise it can be a depressing place, but we're having a laugh all the time - it's like a rugby outing every night for us," Whitwam says.
"They're very good players and singers, so the sound is actually better than it was in the '60s."
Whitwam said he hadn't tired one bit from performing.
"I absolutely love it. Every night I still get the same buzz that I did when I was a teenager."
The audience's contribution played a huge part in that buzz, he said.
"You can't beat it. When you get a few thousand people giving you a standing ovation it shows you're doing your job the best you can, and the audience appreciates that."
With their 50-year anniversary coming up in 2014, Whitwam said he would see that through, then go on to perform until he couldn't perform any more.
"People say, why don't you retire? And I say well, what will I do? Play golf? Go walk around the shopping mall? We'll carry on, definitely," he said.
In 1965, Herman's Hermits had their first tour of New Zealand alongside Tom Jones, and have done about 10 in total.
Whitwam said he couldn't wait to get back to the place that reminded him of Wales, with its green countryside and rolling hills.
- Herman's Hermits, Nelson Suburban Club, Sunday, 7pm. Tickets $50 from the club office, or phone 03 548 6815.
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