The Zeros, at the time, had two, maybe three 45s out, all originals. They would go on to release three LPs, two of which were recorded years later (but every bit as vital). Among them were a handful of covers, the Seeds ("Pushin' Too Hard"), Standells (Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White"), Bobby Freeman ("The Swim"), Bo Diddley ("Roadrunner"), the Dolls ("Chatterbox"), and the Sonics ("Strychnine"), but alas, no "Little Latin Lupe Lu". It was put out on a Sympathy For the Recordy Industry 45 in '92, but it's scarce as hell and I've yet to hear it. There's a few live versions of them doing it roughly fifteen years ago on YouTube, but they don't do their cover justice. You have to hear it live, or at least loud.
Here's the two "Lupe Lu"s, and, as an idea of what the Zeros sounded like, two unrelated cuts from '77 and '78. Check out that difference, with roughly just a year between them. Now, listen to "Wild Weekend" and imagine that band doing "Litle Latin Lupe Lu". It was that good.
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Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Little Latin Lupe Lu mp3 at Bruce Ellithorpe (?)
The Righteous Brothers - Little Latin Lupe Lu mp3 at Russ Strathdee (?)
The Zeros - Main Street Brat mp3 at Che Underground 1977
The Zeros - Wild Weekend mp3 at Che Underground 1978