One of the most beloved cult favorites of the garage rock era was the Chocolate Watchband from San Jose CA.
"Let's Talk About Girls" from 1967:
The Chocolate Watchband didn't sell a lot of records but their crazed live performances were legendary and the band had a big influence on next generations of garage rockers. One of those is the great Irish band The Undertones who did this version of "Let's Talk About Girls" in 1979:
The Chocolate Watchband's web page features a detailed history written by lead singer David Aguilar that is a a great read: http://www.thechocolatewatchband.com/history.