Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Dahlmans: I Love You Baby (But I Hate Your Friends) 7", 2010

There's a certain thrill  when obscure greatness gets recognized. While some were bothered when Sixpence None the Richer made The La's "There She Goes" the monster hit it should've been or when Gnarls Barkley made The Violent Femmes "Gone Daddy, Gone" known to the word but not I. To me,  such all-too-rare events offer proof that a great song is irrepressible. Sure, I'd prefer that the original becomes the known quantity, like the Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop" did but to hear something hidden gaining validation is a powerful thing.

A smaller scale example of this phenomenon would be Norwegian 'Primtives-meets-Ramones' band, The Dahlmans cover of "I Love You Baby (But I Hate Your Friends)". The song, written by Andy Shernoff of The Dictators first appeared (I think...)  on a 2006 album by Kitty and the Kowalskis (which I head about here). It's a pretty solid album but that song just leaps out and infects your brain. So, while The Dahlans, who have superb taste in covers, may not make this song a pop sensation, making it as the A-side of a single helps bring the unknown to light.

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  1. interesting . . . thanks

  2. Norwegian actually, not Swedish.

  3. The spelling errors in your posts often make them difficult to read since I can't always figure out what word you were attempting to write.

    1. This seems like a dick-ish sort of comment. What errors are you talking about?

  4. Just digging the Dahlmanns version and thank you for pointing out that Adny Shernoff wrote it ! Also want to point out a killer version of the same phrase "I love you honey but I hate your friends" shows up on "It Must Be Love" from Rick Derringer's 1979 l.p. Guitars and Women. That was written by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, who also penned that as a title of a track on a later album.

  5. And I have a feeling that connection would just make the Dahlmanns want to cover the song more. Thanks for the info, I love that kind of trivia!


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