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Obsessed With: Bill Deal & The Rhondels – I’ve Been Hurt

  • Band: Bill Deal & The Rhondels
  • Song: I’ve Been Hurt
  • Label: Polydor
  • Year: 1969

This song has been stuck in my head for weeks. No matter what I do the backing vocals come to my head singing an altogether ‘Huuurt’. Lyrics cannot be more sad, lines like “I’ve been hurt like I’ve never been hurt before ’cause you lied, you lied to me” or “Baby you cheated, mistreated, you (..) cheated on me and you told me (…) a whole lot of lies” with a voice sometimes set on anger.

But don’t let the song be misunderstood by its painful lyrics, as it’s an uptempo soul song, a real footstomper for lovers of The Four Tops, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson or Brenton Wood. In fact it shares rhythms with ‘Tears of a Clown‘ (by Smokey Robinson) and ‘Oogum Boogum‘ (by Brenton Wood) while it adds a proto-ska, proto-funkie sound to the whole song, becoming almost a pioneer on this sound (even though this song only reached #35 on the U.S. Charts).

Way better than it’s Northern Soul classic and original version by Guy Darrell (1966), Dj this song and audience won’t be disappointed. It’s backing vocals, rhythm, the trumpets and the drums, make this blue-eyed song a complete success. But be careful it can stick in your heads for weeks.


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