In 1966, this NJ group came off like a Lovin’ Spoonful Jr., credit scoring a minor strike using a cover of John Sebastian’s “Younger Young lady” and chalking up their just Top 20 one with the Spoonful-esque first “Mr. Dieingly Sad.” The group’s gentle harmonies and pop folk-rock had been in a significantly lighter vein than their Kama Sutra labelmates, though. A lot of their materials was self-penned, though in addition they benefited from compositions by Jackie DeShannon and Brill Building tunesmiths Pete Anders, Vinnie Poncia, and Doc Pomus. Documenting a number of singles and an LP for Kama Sutra from 1965 to 1967, their soft pop/rock and roll was rather light-weight, apart from their finest singles. Following a last Top 40 strike in 1967 (“DON’T ALLOW the RAIN Down on Me”), primary songwriter Don Ciccone was drafted, as well as the group battled on using a few albums for the Task 3 label before splitting.
Music Songs Younger Girl, Mr. Dieingly Sad, Don't Let the Rain Fall Down on Me, Gone for Awhile, Children and Flowers, Bad Misunderstanding, He'll Make You Cry, It Just Won't Be That Way, I Wear a Silly Grin, Forever or No More, Come Back on a Rainy Day, Walk Like a Man Again, Heart of Love, Head of Stone, Everything but Time, Cool Sunday Morning, Best Love You'll Ever Have, Marryin' Kind of Love, Awake in a Dream, New York Bound, Blow My Mind, Touch 'N' Go, She Said She Loved Him, Let's Love, Georgianna, So Hard To Find, I'm Gonna Give, A Moment of Being with You, Younger Generation, I Just Want to Sit Right Here and Look at You, Lisa, But Not the Same, Sweet Breezes, Because You Came to See Me Today
Albums Touch'n Go With the Critters, Awake in a Dream: The Project 3 Recordings, Timepieces, Luces en la Oscuridad, Younger Girl, Tracks, The Critters & The Bitter End Singers, Anthology 1965 to 1967, Dancing in the Street
Movies Critters, Critters 2: The Main Course, Critters 3, Critters 4