mp3: The Sheep – Hide & Seek
mp3: The Sheep – Twelve Months Later

The Sheep are three songwriter/producers who also recorded as The Strangeloves, a band with a fictional back-story which involved them being sheep farmers from Australia (of all places!). The Strangeloves had a real hit in 1965 with I Want Candy, but it’s their version of Johnny Otis’s Hand Jive that gets a spin from me from time to time. Hide & Seek is also a cover. It was released in ’62 as Hide & Go Seek by Bunker Hill, with backing from Link Wray And His Ray Men. Although nothing touches the raw power of the original, I do dig this garagey version from ’65. Twelve Months Later is also good value. It has a bit of the Louie Louie about it, which is just fine by me. I haven’t played either of these out yet. I hope to give at least one of them a go when I’m at The Haggerston with PJ from the Dirty Water Club just after Christmas.