X is for... X-Rated
Ok, don’t get excited. There wasn’t actually any real filth to speak of in the garage scene although we can’t vouch for the foreign language stuff. We know that Link Wray’s Rumble was banned from radio despite the fact that it had no vocal.
Well, a similar fate befell The Kingsmen and their hit Louie Louie. Banned by the governor of Indiana for supposedly having obscene lyrics, the band and its song were investigated by the FBI. The heat was called off when it was discovered that the lyrics were not obscene. Of course, all the negative press helped the song’s popularity.
X is also for... X-Cellents
The X-Cellents were a garage group from Dayton, Ohio that released some great R&B-tinged records then vanished without trace like so many other bands of the mid-'60s. Shame cos tracks like Little Wooden House were damn good.