A Must to Avoid (Herman's Hermits)

6 FEBRUARY 1966


The Herman’s Hermits single ‘A Must to Avoid’ was at its peak chart position of #8 on the US Billboard chart, and #6 in the UK.

1965-66 was their career peak. Herman's Hermits specialised in lightweight guitar pop like this, for which there was a huge market, and they reportedly outsold the Beatles in 1965. Even so, they dropped out of style as the music world transformed around them, although they did release some excellent stuff in the years to come. Herman's Hermits were not a 'Woodstock band'.

This song was written by the late P.F. Sloane and was his second Top Ten hit, after ‘Eve of Destruction’.

The clip above is from the movie ‘When the Boys Meet the Girls’.

B-side: 'The Man with the Cigar'
Recorded: RCA Studio B, Hollywood, 30 September 1965
Released: 17 December 1965 (UK), December 1965 (US)
Highest chart position: #6 (UK), #8 (US)
Length: 2:18
Label: MGM 13437
Producer: Mickie Most

A Must to Avoid (Herman’s Hermits)

'She's a must to avoid
A complete impossibility
She's a must to avoid
Better take it from me

You'll think she's a prize at the start (Prize at the start)
But take my advice, play it smart (Just play it smart)
She's nothin' but trouble
Better cut out on the double
Before she gets into your heart

She's a must to avoid
A complete impossibility
She's a must to avoid
Better take it from me

When you stare into her pretty blue eyes (Into her eyes)
There's no way to see through her disguise (Through her disguise)
But don't try to love her, 'cause you'll quickly discover
You're trapped in the web of her lies

She's a must to avoid
A complete impossibility
She's a must to avoid
Better take it from me

Her lips look inviting, it's true (Oh, yes, that's true)
But lots of other guys have felt like you do (Felt like you do)
She'll build up your hopes, and when you need her the most
That's when she'll say goodbye to you

She's a must to avoid
A complete impossibility
She's a must to avoid
Better take it from me'