Out of Limits

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"Out of Limits"
Single by The Marketts
from the album Out of Limits!
B-side"Bella Dalena"
Released1963 (U.S.)
GenreSurf rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Michael Z. Gordon
The Marketts singles chronology
"Surfer's Stomp"
"Out of Limits"
"Vanishing Point"

"Out of Limits" is a 1963 surf rock instrumental piece written by Michael Z. Gordon[1] and performed by The Marketts.

While on tour with a band called the Routers, Gordon wrote the Marketts’ first release on the Warner Bros. label and their biggest hit, an instrumental called “Outer Limits”. First pressings were issued as "Outer Limits", named and surf-styled after the television program of the same name. However, Rod Serling sued the Marketts for quoting the four note motif from his television show, The Twilight Zone, without his approval, which resulted in the change of the title to "Out of Limits".[2][3] The record has been described as "an intriguing up-beat disc with a galloping rhythm".[4]

The song peaked at #3 in February 1964 on the Hot 100 for two weeks and on Cashbox for one week. It stayed on both the Hot 100 and Cashbox for 14 weeks.[5][6] The song sold over a million copies globally,[4] topped the charts on many U.S. radio stations,[7] and earned Gordon a BMI award.[8] It brought the studio group national prominence, and many radio, nightclub and personal appearances.[4]

The Ventures also had a very popular version of the song that was included on their 1964 album The Ventures In Space.

“Out of Limits” is a popular choice for television and film soundtracks; it can be heard in Pulp Fiction (1994), Slayground (1983),[9] The Outsiders (1983) and Mafioso: The Father, the Son (2004).[10] It is also available on the compilations Billboard Top Rock'n'Roll Hits: 1964, Elvira Presents Haunted Hits and Classic Rock (Time-Life Music).

Chart run[edit]

Billboard Hot 100[5] (14 weeks, entered December 7, 1963): 85, 69, 59, 38, 33, 20, 9, 6, 3, 3, 7, 13, 24, 39

Cashbox[6] (14 weeks, entered December 14, 1963): 72, 52, 36, 26, 17, 15, 8, 7, 3, 7, 8, 16, 29, 51


  1. ^ "Out of Limits". Repertoire.bmi.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-24. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ Uslan, Michael; Clark, Dick; Solomon, Bruce (1981). Dick Clark's the First 25 Years of Rock & Roll. Dell Publishing Company. ISBN 9780440517634.
  3. ^ Stewart, Dick. “Up Close With Michael Z. Gordon Of The Marketts.”, The Lance Monthly, May 15, 2005. Accessed February 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1990). The Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Sixties (7 December 1963 through 7 March 1964). Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 386. ISBN 0-89820-074-1.
  6. ^ a b Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 380.
  7. ^ Burke, David. “The Marketts.” Archived 2011-10-15 at the Wayback Machine., Ace Records. Accessed February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ BMI Repertoire, "Out of Limits". Accessed February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ IMDB, "Slayground" (1983)
  10. ^ IMDB, "Mafioso: The Father, The Son" (2004)