The Persuaders said it best on their 1971 soul hit Thin Love Between Love & Hate but that hasn't stopped countless other acts from walking the same adoration/abhorrence tightrope. My favourites: Squeeze's If I Didn't Love You ("...I'd hate you...") and today's post, an early gem from the Jon Auer/Ken Stringfellow songbook.
I May Hate You Sometimes ("...but I'll always love you...") originally surfaced on a self-released cassette titled Failure in 1988 which later re-emerged as the Posies' debut LP. Back then, the Posies were just a twosome comprised of childhood friends Auer and Stringfellow, who multi-tracked themselves into a full-bodied power-pop band.
The dynamic duo doesn't miss a trick: luxuriate in their close harmonies, chiming guitars, shaking tambourine, supremely catchy melody and outstanding middle-eight. You may forget you're listening to the Posies and think you've tripped upon a great, unreleased Hollies single. Yes, it's that good. Meanwhile, the song's jokey title belies lyrics that possess genuine emotion and pathos: "Do you think you could treat me like somebody special," Auer and Stringfellow implore, "I can't be everything to everybody/Could I at least be something to you?" Only the hard-hearted and cloth-eared would be unmoved.
I May Hate You Sometimes (link expired)
And here are Auer and Stringfellow dusting off the 20-year-old tune last December:
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