Out Of Limits

Album: Out Of Limits (1963)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • This is a Surf Rock variation of the theme to The Outer Limits, which was a TV show similar to The Twilight Zone that ran from 1963-1965. Due to the creepy nature of the show and it's theme, this song became popular around Halloween as scary mood music. Elements of The Twilight Zone theme were also incorporated in the song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • The Marketts were an instrumental group that formed in Hollywood, California. Their song "Surfer's Stomp" went to #31 in 1962, and in 1966 they wrote the theme to the TV show Batman.

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 17th 1962, the Marketts appeared in concert* at Morgan Hall in Long Beach, California...
    Just over a year later in December 1963 the group's biggest hit, "Out of Limits", would enter Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85; eventually it peaked at #3...
    {See 2nd post below}...
    * Two other acts who played at the concert were the Olympics {"Western Movies, #8 in 1958} and the Innocents {"Gee Whiz", #28 in 1961}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 26th, 1964, "Out of Limits" by the Marketts peaked at #3 for two weeks on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    And on this very same day the Beatles' first U.S.A hit, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", moved into the #1 spot...
    "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore was at #2; it had jumped from #13 but because of the Fab Four it never reached #1.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 7th, 1963, "Out of Limits" by the Marketts entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on January 26th, 1964 it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    The group had four other Top 100 hits; "Surfer's Stomp" (#31 in 1962), "Balboa Blue" (#48 in 1962), "Vanishing Point" (#90 in 1964), and "Batman Theme" (#17 in 1966).
  • J from Toronto, CanadaIf memory serves me correctly, and often it doesn't, this tune was released as "Outer Limits" and had to be retitled because of legal problems. Although they had a hit with the tune, The Marketts were simply a studio group and didn't write the Batman theme, Neil Hefti did.
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