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March 22, 2013

The Hides - Don't Be Difficult (1966)

This band was formed in Pennsylvania by John Marsiglio, Ed Sam, Ken Cheplik, and George Swanson. All of the members were from Irwin, Pennsylvania except for Cheplik, who came from Jeannette, PA. The band had been formed in the ashes of Marsiglio’s previous band, The Runaways (not to be confused with Joan Jett’s band of the same name from the ‘70s). Swanson, the band’s drummer soon quit the band and was replaced by another Jeanette local, Bruce Shutter. It was this final line-up that would go on to record two singles, totaling four songs.

Only one of the singles would be released, however. This song, written by Ed Sam and John Marsiglio, was recorded in 1966 and was chosen as the single’s B-Side. The A-Side, “When I See the One I Love,” wasn’t quite as catchy and the B-Side quickly took over. Marsiglio, tongue-in-cheek, claims on his website that he “promptly quit the band because he didn’t sing” the lead on this song.

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The Hides - Don't Be Difficult (1966)

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Lyrics:

I went out with you late last night
We popped the corn, I held you tight
Then you said somethin’ to me
“Keep your hands where they ought to be”

I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby,” yeah

We sat there and I want you
You looked at me and I looked at you
Then I tried, “Give some to me”
You made the hand, you slapped my cheek

I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby,” yeah

I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby,” yeah

And it was comin’ to this right now
It was a night that I couldn’t bare
When I got to your door and found
Kissin’, baby, was a reelin’ sound

I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby,” yeah

I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby” (“Don’t be difficult”)
I said, “Baby,” yeah

Don’t be difficult
(Don’t be difficult)
Yeah, don’t be difficult
(Don’t be difficult)
Don’t be difficult
(Don’t be difficult)
Don’t be difficult, yeah

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