The Zipps — “Kicks and Chicks”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 9, 2022

378) The Zipps — “Kicks and Chicks”

“Well I’m a bloody guy with a knack. I read all the books of Jack Kerouac.” I so love Dutch garage rockers with their over-exuberant use of the English language. “Kicks and Chicks”, a Zipps ‘66 A-side, is “cocky beat-punk rebellion” (Richie Unterberger, and a “stone cold killer of a second single [with the singer’s] accent . . . mak[ing] an already stonking performance a masterpiece.” (Joe Whimister,

After this single, Jason Ankeny says the Zipps “steered their garage-influenced sound towards [drug-soaked] psychedelia, and thanks in part to their hallucinatory light show, they earned the sobriquet ‘The Dutch Pink Floyd.” “All in all, it’s just another finger in the dike.”

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Here are the Zipps live:

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