"Money" was a staple of the set of most British Invasion bands. Oddly, the only group to have a U.K. hit single with the song was the obscure one-shot outfit Bern Elliot & the Fenmen
version entered the British Top Twenty near the end of 1963; it wasn't a patch on the Beatles'
rendition (which had been released at about the same time on their second LP), but it was actually a pretty decent, soulful interpretation. Elliot
and his backup group played in a sort of tough Merseybeat style (although they weren't from the Mersey), and Bern
was a pretty decent R&B-influenced singer, somewhat along the lines of the Dave Clark Five's Mike Smith
. Elliot & the Fenmen
made a few singles and an EP without any more notable success; their reliance upon old R&B/rock tunes for the entirety of their repertoire made them almost instantly passe, although the songs were executed pretty well. Elliot
fell out with the Fenmen
in 1964, and briefly teamed up with the Klan, as well as putting out some orchestrated pop solo singles in 1965. The Fenmen
went on their own and made a few singles for Decca and CBS in a harmony pop/rock style, highlighted by the original minor-keyed tune "Rejected." After the demise of the Fenmen
, members Wally Allen
and John Povey
joined the Pretty Things
, in time for that group's psychedelic recordings.