Over Under Sideways Down

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"Over Under Sideways Down"
1966 U.S. Epic 45 picture sleeve, 10035
Single by The Yardbirds
from the album Yardbirds
(aka Roger the Engineer)
B-side "Jeff's Boogie" (Dreja, McCarty, Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith)
Released May 1966 (UK)
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock[1][2]
Label Columbia (EMI) DB7928
Epic 10035 (USA)
Writer(s) Dreja, McCarty, Beck, Relf, Samwell-Smith
Producer(s) Paul Samwell-Smith, Simon Napier-Bell
The Yardbirds singles chronology
"Shapes of Things"
"Over Under Sideways Down"
"Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"

"Over Under Sideways Down" was a single by The Yardbirds[3] released on Columbia in the UK and Epic in the U.S. Chart tops: UK: #10, US: #13.[4]

It was the title song to the album Over Under Sideways Down (US, German and French title), or Yardbirds (UK title) which is more commonly referred to as Roger the Engineer. The song was inspired by Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" with Jeff Beck on lead guitar and bass guitar.

The B-side was "Jeff's Boogie", an instrumental featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Beck, Bogert, and Appice also performed the song live in concert.

Although the band claimed writing credits for "Jeff's Boogie", it is regarded by some as a thinly veiled cover of Chuck Berry's Guitar Boogie.[5]

"Over Under Sideways Down" was rated No. 23 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.[6]

The song was featured during a drug binge sequence in the 2009 film Observe and Report, as well as at the beginning of the trailer.


1966 ad for the single by Epic Records: "It's new. It's fresh. It's a single with a No. 1 sound!"


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "Roger the Engineer", Allmusic. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. ^ J. DeRogatis, Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Milwaukie, Michigan: Hal Leonard, 2003), ISBN 0-634-05548-8, p. 164.
  3. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 38 – The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 4]" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Revised and Enlarged, Billboard Books, New York, 1992
  5. ^ Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin's Dubious Recording History
  6. ^ Mussiqa.net: The Best Search Links on the Net