UK Rock band The Equals are best known in the U.S. for their 1968 bubblegum hit "Baby Come Back," their song "Police on My Back" which was made famous by The Clash, and that it was the old band of Eddie Grant who scored a massive 1982 hit with "Electric Avenue." In the UK however, they had a string of hits, including great singles "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys," "Viva Bobby Joe," "Laurel & Hardy" and, my favorite, "Michael and the Slipper Tree." (Ty Segall covered The Equals' "Diversion" on 2015's Emotional Mugger.) If you've never delved into the world of The Equals you can check out a few vintage performances and song streams below.

Frontman Derv Gordon, backed by Oakland, CA's So What, will be coming to NYC for his first-ever East Coast shows. He'll play WFMU Monty Hall on May 19 with Baby Shakes, and then Baby's All Right on May 20 with Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.



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