Kit and the Outlaws

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Kit and the Outlaws were an American garage rock/proto-punk band, active in the mid-1960s. Their music was typical of the era, using familiar riffs, not unlike those used by more well-known bands such as The Rumours, The Weeds, or The Vibrations.

Their most famous song is "Don't Tread on Me". A anthem of rebellion, the song is adapted from a classic riff used by numerous garage bands, taken from the song "Hang on Sloopy". It was later covered by punk band The Cramps, albeit with different lyrics, as "Nest of the Cukoo Bird". It was later called one of the greatest punk singles ever recorded.[1]


  • Liner notes for Songs the Cramps Taught Us: Volume 3.
  • Hicks, Michael Dustin. Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedlic, and Other Satisfactions, pg. 37. ISBN 0-252-06915-3.