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The Twilights - What’s Wrong With The Way I Live (1967)

(Allan Clarke - Tony Hicks - Graham Nash)
Australia (recorded in UK)Australia (recorded in UK) Australia (recorded in UK)
#7 Sydney #12 Melbourne #6 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #8 Perth

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. Produced by Norman Smith.

Single on Columbia, AustraliaFebruary 1967 (B-side: 9.50).
Single on Columbia, UK, February 1967 (B-side: It’s Dark).

Beatles-influenced Adelaide band The Twilights had several hits around the country 1966-68, from a repertoire that included band originals (If She Finds Out, Young Girl, Cathy Come Home) as well as cover versions (Larry Williams’s Bad Boy, The Velvelettes’ Needle In A Haystack).

Popular in Adelaide from 1964, The Twilights expanded their national audience when they relocated to Melbourne in 1965. As part of their prize in winning the national Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds in July 1966, The Twilights were produced by Beatles engineer Norman “Hurricane” Smith at Abbey Road.

Twilights vocalist Glenn Shorrock and guitarist Terry Britten have followed long and diverse careers: Shorrock was famously with Axiom and Little River Band, and Britten’s compositions have been widely recorded, including We Don’t Need Another Hero and What’s Love Got To Do With It? by Tina Turner (both co-wr. Graham Lyle from Gallagher & Lyle).

Milesago’s Twilights page has post-Twilights news of drummer Laurie Pryor and rhythm guitarist Peter Brideoake but loses the trail of vocalist Paddy McCartney and original bassist John Bywaters.

References, further reading1. Milesago’s detailed Twilights history adds a 1982 memoir by Twilights singer Glenn Shorrock and a personal appreciation by Paul Culnane. 2. Ian McFarlane, The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop (1999), pp. 652-654.

Thanks to Gary Boughen for correction.

The Hollies - What’s Wrong With The Way I Live (1966)

(Allan Clarke - Tony Hicks - Graham Nash)
Original version

On the album For Certain Because, December 1966, by one of the most successful bands of the British Invasion.

The Hollies' version wasn't on a single in the UK or USA, but it was in some other countries, including Norway and Sweden (both in December 1966). 

What's Wrong With The Way I Live was written by band members Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash, the writers of such Hollies hits as Stop Stop Stop, On A Carousel, Carrie Anne, King Midas In Reverse and Jennifer Eccles. All twelve songs on For Certain Because were Clarke-Hicks-Nash compositions.

Reference: Hollies discographies from Hollies.co.uk [archived pages].
Further reading: History of The Hollies by Bruce Eder from Goldmine magazine, at Hollies.co.uk [homepage].