Danny Diaz and The Checkmates were a band from Hong Kong that was formed by three brothers from The Philippines and their brother-in-law. Their first hit was “It’s So Easy,” a song written and performed by English, Scottish, and Dutch migrants living in Australia.
Now, that’s what I call cosmopolitan.
The thing I love about the cover version is how Danny and co. bring out all the Mersey Beat-ness that wasn’t readily apparent in the original. It makes for a wonderful little piece of sub-Beatles grooviness. Here’s the original:
The Easybeats – “It’s So Easy” (1965)