Song of the Week – Action Woman, The Litter

Ignored           Obscured            Restored

Back in 1967, at the height of the original garage rock era that was immortalized on the Nuggets and Pebbles compilations, a Minneapolis band called The Litter released a 7-incher called “Action Woman” on the local Scotty label.  In fact, the song made it onto both of the named comps.  It wasn’t on the Nuggets original 1972, 2 album set but was added to the 1998, 4 CD reissue.  However, it was the lead-off track on Volume 1 of the 28-disc set of the Pebbles series.

This song has everything a classic garage/psych tune needs – fuzzy lead guitar (played by Bill Strandlof) and a snotty vocal (by Denny Waite) sung with an overabundance of attitude.

Waite snarls:

Hey, Miss High and Mighty
I’ve had all I can take
Walkin’ right on by me
That’s your last mistake

I’ve gotta find myself some action
To satisfy my soul
A little mad distraction
Before I lose control

and

Yeah, I’m gonna find me an action woman
To love me all the time,
A satisfaction woman
Before I lose my mind.

Other than this evergreen rocker, The Litter found little success beyond recognition as a regional working band.  But they caught lightning in a bottle and cemented their place in rock history.

Enjoy… until next week.

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