Limey and the Yanks
Welcome back to the old leg of iron.
The tune I bring you today will certainly be a familiar one, whether you’re a garage head, or just an Iron Leg habitue.
As stated then, the version of the song that I knew first, was the one I bring to you today, by Limey and the Yanks.
Back in the olden days – when things were different – before CDs and iPods and what not, we had to listen to actual records.
On the garage/mod scene, though some of us had our mitts on the OG stuff, most of what we were hearing was via compilations (some legit, most not) of classic 60s garage, mod and psychedelic stuff.
The Limey and the Yanks version of ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’ was initially revealed to me on one of the ‘Highs in the Mid 60s’ comps, one devoted to the sounds of the greater Los Angeles area.
I immediately fell in love with the song – it being a stellar example of the garage punk – and it was a few years on before I discovered the Bit A Sweet version.
Though I prefer the Bit A Sweet 45, I still love this one and was more than eager to fork over the dough when I found a copy at a record show last year.
Limey and the Yanks were a particularly interesting story for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, their lead singer Steve ‘Limey’ Cook did in fact hail from the UK, and had relocated to southern California as a teenager.
Second, and also very cool is the fact that despite the fact that they didn’t have a national hit, Limey and the Yanks were huge around LA and Orange County, releasing a couple of boss 45s (for Starburst and Loma, both 1966), headlining in every major local club, opening for a wide variety of national and international acts and appearing on LA-area radio and TV on the reg.
Their version of ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’ (co-written by Steve Duboff of the Changing Times and Dave Morris) features cool guitars a great lead vocal by Cook and what sounds like an electric harpsichord.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.