The Zipps: 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, https://www.allmusic.com/album/be-stoned%21-dig-zipps-mw0000952858) and a “stone cold killer of a second single [with the singer’s] accent . . . mak[ing] an already stonking performance a masterpiece.” (Joe Whimister, http://northeastbeast.blogspot.com/2012/03/zipps-kicks-and-chicks.html?m=1)

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.” https://www.allmusic.com/artist/zipps-mn0000581348). “All in all, it’s just another finger in the dike.”

“You better can’t try to get me to work. No boy, my last dream won’t be disturbed. I don’t wanna live a life so quietly. I’m looking for a time dreadful excitingly. I wake up in the morning whenever I like. Don’t gonna wash my face but gotta hitchhike.
Walking along these awful French roads, thinking of work is making me loathe. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. I don’t care for money, I’m beat as hell. Paris and Rome are the places I dwell. As soon as I’m in Paris, I get my kicks. On Place du Tertre I find the chicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Well I’m a bloody guy with a knack. I read all the books of Jack Kerouac. He’s the only priest in my life, He’s my resort, he and my knife. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks. Hang around, stick around, get your kicks.”

I have added a Facebook page for Brace for the Obscure 60s Rock! If you like what you read and hear and feel so inclined, please visit and “like” my Facebook page by clicking here.

Here are the Zipps live:

Pay to Play! The Off the Charts Spotify Playlist!

Please consider helping to support my website/blog by contributing $6 a month for access to the Off the Charts Spotify Playlist. Using a term familiar to denizens of Capitol Hill, you pay to play! (“relating to or denoting an unethical or illicit arrangement in which payment is made by those who want certain privileges or advantages in such arenas as business, politics, sports, and entertainment” — dictionary.com).

The playlist includes all the “greatest songs of the 1960’s that no one has ever heard” that are available on Spotify. The playlist will expand each time I feature an available song.

When subscribing, please send me an e-mail (GMFtma1@gmail.com) or a comment on this site letting me know an e-mail address/phone number/Facebook address, etc. to which I can send instructions on accessing the playlist.

Just click on the blue.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: