The Poets: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 18, 2022

489) The Poets — “I Love Her Still”

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

’65 B-side by Scotland’s greatest ‘60’s band (see #47, 86, 223) — whose unjustified obscurity can be laid at the feet of Andrew Loog Oldham. Poets, I love you still.

Richie Unterberger tells the tale:

[The Poets were] the best Scottish rock group of the mid-’60s. . . . [T]hey . . . alternated between mournful, almost fey ballads and storming mod rockers. . . . A minor hit single right out of the gate and a management deal with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham seemed to spell probable success. But the Poets fell victim both to subpar promotion and numerous personnel changes . . . . Oldham came across the band by chance on a trip to Scotland in 1964, quickly signing them and arranging a recording deal with Decca. Their first single, a characteristically moody original called “Now We’re Thru,” made number 30 in the U.K. Yet that was to be their only taste of commercial success, despite a flurry of fine singles over the next couple of years. . . . [T]he Poets were never given full opportunity to develop their unquestioned skills. Oldham took the group with him to his independent Immediate label in late 1965 for a couple of singles, but ultimately the . . . association may have worked against them, as he was naturally inclined to focus most of his energies upon the . . . Stones. The Poets were getting lost in the shuffle and discouraged, and by 1967 not one original member remained from the lineup that had first recorded.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-poets-mn0000355978/biography

“No on hurt me more than her. Still I want no other. Tears and heartache had my fill. Even so I love her still. She brought tears into my eyes. Her sweet lips they told me lies. Can’t forget her, never will. And I know I love her still. So I can’t give my love to you. I would only make you blue. Please don’t say you want me girl. I can’t go, I love her still.”

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