The record I bring you today is a nice latin boogaloo take on an old hit for the Young Rascals back in 1966. Written by Rudy Clark & Arthur Resnick it was originally recorded by an R&B singer called Limme Snell in 1965 but the single sold very few copies and a short time later was re-recorded (with substantially different lyrics) by Northern Soul favourites, The Olympics. I, like a lot of others was first aware of the Young Rascals version but as my interest in all things mod increased, I came across the Olympics’ version which I far preferred.
Fast forward a few years and as my penchant for latin grew, I stumbled upon this version. In it’s own way it fits into the mod sound just as much as the Olympics’ version. A reissue of this record was put out a few years back by one of our favourite reissue labels/compilers Vampisoul. It seemed to be to be a bit of an odd selection to me as this version isn’t particularly hard to come by or indeed beyond the resources of collectors due to it’s price. Nevertheless, it’s a great song so I don’t have any issue with them re-releasing it.
As well as the versions I mentioned above there were other takes on the song by popular 60s beat combo, The Tremeloes as well as mod favourites The Who (thus enhancing the song’s mod credentials ever further). One of the things I particularly enjoy about this song is the odd laughing at various stages – it certainly gives it a unique flavour! Enjoy!