Listen – Out of Sight, Out of Mind – MP3
I hope everyone dug the inaugural Iron Leg podcast.
I can assure you that while they may not appear with the frequency of the Funky16Corners Radio podcasts, I will be doing more of these, so hang tight.
I did mention a while back that I was looking for the time to get some vinyl digitized and labels scanned for Iron Leg, and with the help of my sainted Mother-in-law (who got the kids to bed early) I stole just enough to time to do just that.
I decided to get things started with one of my all-time fave garage punk 45s, ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ by the Bit-a-Sweet.
I first heard this tune many years ago as performed by Limey & the Yanks on one of the Highs In the Mid 60’s comps. Not long after that – probably at a record show – I scored a copy of the (far superior) version by the Bit-A-Sweet.
I can’t tell you much about the band, aside from that they were from New York, they went on to record a full length, somewhat more psychedelic LP (which I have and will post something from someday), and even appeared in a log lost exploito flick called ‘Blonde On a Bum Trip’ in 1968.
‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ was recorded in 1967 and is just over two and a half minutes of fuzzed out perfection.
There are those – 60’s punk purists one and all – who would try to convince you that this record is far too poppy and produced to be actual “punk”, but I’m here to tell you that such talk is blasphemy.
‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ has combo organ, spy movie fuzz guitar and snotty vocals and lots of attitude. This is the kind of record that carries with it the very spirit of the mid-60’s, right before everyone stopped shaving and started getting serious.
I hope you dig it.