Listen/download – The Last Five – Kicking You
I’m back for another week in the revivified universe of Iron Leg.
The tune I bring you this week is something that I’ve had, and dug for close to 25 years.
I don’t recall where I picked up ‘Kicking You’ by the Last Five, but I suspect it was at a record store that has changed locations twice in the decades since, getting less appealing (and more poorly stocked) with each move. This was a store that used to be overflowing with old 45s, and was also rumored to have a basement full of unexplored stock (which no one ever got access to).
This was back in the days before I went out digging with a portable, so I can say with confidence that I grabbed this one because it looked interesting.
Good thing too, because when I got home I discovered that it sounded cool too, which is important, especially when you’re dealing with records.
The tune, ‘Kicking You’ has a cool, folky, pre-fuzz garage sound to it, much more Beau Brummel-y than Standell-ish. I can definitely picture these guys in matching suits and longer hair than some, but not long enough to get their asses kicked out behind the American Legion.
But, it’s all speculation, since in the quarter of a century since I first found this record, all I have ever been able to find out about it (aside from the fact that it was released in 1966, which was the easy part) was that the band came from Connecticut. I remember finding a mention on a message board a few years ago from someone that remembered the band, but that seems to have been scrubbed from the net (proof that not everything on the internet lasts forever).
If any of you fine people have any additional information about (or even pictures of) the Last Five, please drop me a line.
Other than that, dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.