The Dovers: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 17, 2022

385) The Dovers — “She’s Not Just Anybody”

The Dovers were Santa Barbara garage greats — “a group everyone agrees should’ve been big stars. Their four [’65-’66] singles are classics one and all. Yet, although one was picked up for national release by Reprise, nothing came of it . . . .” (liner notes to the Pebbles comp, Vol. 8: Southern California 1) Richie Unterberger writes that:

The[y] are rightly revered among collectors for having released a few of the finest obscure pop-oriented singles in the ’60s garage rock style. . . . “She’s Not Just Anybody[” was] among the best such singles to combine heavily Beatles/Byrds-influenced guitars, melodies, and vocals with a distinctively self-pitying teen garage sullenness.

https://www.allmusic.com/album/were-not-just-anybody-mw0001534399

The Boss may have learned more from a three minute record than he ever learned in school, but I learned more about self-pitying teen garage sullenness from this under two minute gem than I ever learned . . . oh, forget it!

“You I love, nobody but you. Today I found someone that was new. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody like you. She’s nice and warm instead of cold. All you can see there it doesn’t snow. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody like you. To you I’m in her love. ‘Cause she’s as sweet. There’s no one like you. She’s not one like you. You know I’ve been unhappy with you. Today I found someone that was new. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody. You know she’s not just anybody like you.”

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