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Over Under Sideways Down

"Over Under Sideways Down" is a 1966 song by English rock group the Yardbirds. Inspired by Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock", Jeff Beck plays both the lead guitar and bass guitar. The song was released as a single in May 1966, two months before the group's self-titled UK album (commonly known as Roger the Engineer and Over Under Sideways Down in the US and elsewhere).

"Over Under Sideways Down"
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Single by The Yardbirds
from the album Roger the Engineer
B-side"Jeff's Boogie"
Released27 May 1966 (1966-05-27)
Format7-inch single
Recorded19–20 April 1966
StudioAdvision Studios, London
The Yardbirds singles chronology
"Shapes of Things"
"Over Under Sideways Down"
"Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"

The single performed well on the record charts – it reached number 10 in the UK and number 13 in the US.[3] "Over Under Sideways Down" was ranked number 23 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.[4]

An instrumental titled "Jeff's Boogie" was used for the B-side. Although credited to Beck, it is based on Chuck Berry's "Guitar Boogie" (not the 1940s "Guitar Boogie" by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith).[5]

The song was covered (as "Overundersidewaysdown") by New Zealander Alec Bathgate on his 2004 album The Indifferent Velvet Void.


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


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Yardbirds: Roger the Engineer – Album review". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  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. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Revised and Enlarged, Billboard Books, New York, 1992
  4. ^ Rolling Stone (2003). "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ Collis, John (2002). Chuck Berry: The Biography. London: Aurum. p. 79. ISBN 9781854108739.