The Animals


Miami Vice Performers
Eric Burdon
Alan Price
Hilton Valentine
John Steel
Bryan Chandler

The Animals were a British rock band whose song "We Got To Get Out Of This Place" appeared in the Miami Vice episode "Glades".


The Animals were formed in England, the original group featured Eric Burdon (born 1941, vocals), Alan Price (born 1942, organ/keyboards), Hilton Valentine (born 1943, guitar), John Steel (born 1941, drums), and Bryan Chandler (1938-1996, bass). They got their band name from their wild stage antics, and recorded their first single in 1964, just as the "British Invasion" began, "Baby Let Me Take You Home", later that year their first hit single, "Land of the Rising Sun", reached #1, followed by two other hits, "We Got To Get Out Of This Place" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". They recorded two other singles before the name changed to Eric Burdon and the Animals before the group broke up briefly in 1966, then reunited in 1967 with a slightly different lineup, including Andy Summers (later of The Police) before the band broke up for good in 1969, with Burdon going on to help a new band, War.

In 1977 another brief reunion took place, again in 1983, with an album Ark and the single "The Night" just missing the Billboard Top 40. The original group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, but Chandler's death in 1996 ended any chance of an original lineup reunion. Since then various members of the original group perform under different variations of the Animals name (the most common is Animals and Friends, used since 2001, John Steel is the only original member of the Animals in the lineup), but in 2008 an English court ruled John Steel was the sole owner of the group name, so Burdon performed under a different name altogether until 2013, when an appeal was granted and Burdon was entitled to use the Animals name again, though he does not.

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