THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD
465) The Starfires — “I Never Loved Her”
This “brutally awesome” (On the Flip-Side, http://ontheflip-side.blogspot.com/2015/04/southern-california-spotlight-starfires.html) ‘65 A-side by the L.A. garage band the Starfires is so groovy that “[o]riginal copies sell for over $1,000 . . . . It’s believed only 25 copies or less exist!” (Yellow Paper Suns, https://yellowpapersuns.com/2022/04/24/listen-in-8/) A great birthday present for me!
YPS hails the song:
Here is a legendary record among 60s garage enthusiasts, The Starfires from Los Angeles with their intense and downright vicious tune ”I Never Loved Her”. . . . [I]t [is] one of the true greats of the genre. With it’s pounding bass, snarling vocals, screams, snotty attitude and teen angst ”I Never Loved Her” will live long in your memory.https://yellowpapersuns.com/2022/04/24/listen-in-8/
To Jessica Lipsky, it “starts with the low growl of a pissed-off singer on top of a simple guitar riff and the hit of a high hat, before turning into a smoothly crooned early-psych song.” (https://www.jlipsky.com/groove-merchant-sf) On the Flip-Side says that the singer “swings back and forth between a snarly growl and a soft croon as the bass just grooves along.” The Pebbles garage comp (vol. 8) calls it “brooding” and “haunting.”
The Listening Post says that “once you hear those lyrics, you’ll definitely be glad you’re not ‘her’.” (The Listening Post, https://thelisteningpostblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/song-of-the-day-starfires-hand-full-of-blood/) So true:
“Why you guys always teasing me? C’mon fellas, just let me be. You never give me a moment’s rest. You guys are buggin’ me to death. You know that girl would’ve done me wrong. Just keep on guys and it won’t be long. You know I never do love her. I never could care about her. Please don’t tease me about her. Cause now I don’t think about her at all. Never held her in my arms very tight. Never loved with all my might. Never gave her my high school ring. Never bought her expensive things. I only gave her one ride in my car. And I didn’t drive her very far. You know I never do love her. I never could care about her. Please don’t tease me about her. Cause now I don’t think about her at all. I took her home from school one day. Cause her house is on my way. She never gave me a reason why. She never gave me a reason to cry. Leave me alone, just let me be. She’s much too good for me to see. It just couldn’t have worked. She was no good, no good. I never loved her. Get off my back.”
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