Although he would soon become known for bubblegum and psychedelic pop hits, Tommy James actually began his hit-making streak with an endearingly sloppy slice of garage rock with his cover of an obscure pop tune called "Hanky Panky." The lyrics of this song convey the excitement of a hormonal lad driven mad by a girl who knows how to do the suggestive dance of the title, building themselves around the oft-repeated lyrical hook of "My baby does the hanky panky." The music is equally simple and infectious, building itself on simple verse and chorus melodies that bounce up and down in a pleasant, bouncy fashion. "Hanky Panky" was originally recorded by the Raindrops. It didn’t achieve a lot of chart success but was picked up on by a few garage bands as a solid stage number. When Tommy James heard a rival band thrilling a crowd with it, he added the song to the Shondells’ repertoire and they recorded it for an indie label in 1963. Their version was pure garage rock, a live-in-the-studio effort that layered low-slung guitar riffs over a shuffling stomp of a beat from the rhythm section. James topped it off with amusingly mush-mouthed vocals a la "Louie Louie" and an out-of-control guitar solo that is cheered on by the other band members. The song was forgotten until 1965, when a Pittsburgh D.J. began playing it at record hops and made it into a regional hit. James reformed the by then long-defunct Shondells with a new set of musicians and resurrected his musical career with hits like "I Think We’re Alone Now" and "Crimson And Clover."