Trivia: The Hollies

  • Black Sheep Hit: "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", an homage to Creedence Clearwater Revival, is harder than their usual material. It also differs from the band's usual output in that the lead guitar was played by Allan Clarke as opposed to usual guitarist Tony Hicks, and it contains a solo vocal from Clarke, as opposed to the group's trademark harmonies.
  • Hipgnosis: Did the cover art for Distant Light, Romany, Out on the Road, Hollies (the 1974 Self-Titled Album) and Russian Roulette.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Graham Nash's big Sgt Pepper-style production, "King Midas in Reverse", made only a small dent on the UK singles charts. The band's next single, "Jennifer Eccles", a lightweight pop number they pretty much wrote as a joke, became a huge hit. Nash was not pleased.
    • According to interviews, this pattern was then repeated over and over, with the band alternating between releasing songs they worked hard on which bombed and slapdash ones which became hits. This naturally led to some disillusionment.
  • No Export for You: The band's second album with Mikael Rikfors, Out on the Road, was originally released only in Germany. The band decided not to issue it in the UK or the US due to Allan Clarke's imminent return. To date, it hasn't been given a widespread release in either country, though fans who are keen to get it can purchase an imported version.
  • Revival by Commercialization: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" reached No. 1 in the UK in 1988 (almost 20 years after its original release) after being featured prominently in an advert for Miller Lite beer.