Posted on November 26, 2012
Posted by John Scalzi
I like this version of the song. Wonder what happened to Bree Sharp.
Bree Sharp is now part of [Beautiful Small Machines](http://beautifulsmallmachines.net/)
‘Ley beat me to it. I loves me some Google.
Her live album, Live At The Fez, is pretty fantastic.
Oooooo. I collect versions of this song. Or, I used to. Methinks it may be time to start again.
Last I heard, she joined Agent Mulder on the mothership, but that information is still classified.
Are rhetorical questions really polite?
That was unexpectedly recursive.
I have a soft spot for the original, but I really like the heavy guitars and the slightly tweaked sticker line of the Atari’s version.
Here to say what Alex said – Atari’s version for the win, especially approve of the modified lyrics.
I think you would like this old Heart video, Love Alive. It’s got flute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UkLVTdg7Og
I’ll have to check out her new project. I liked her first album.
I was just wondering about her the other day when Cheap and Evil Girl unshuffled itself on the ipod. So, now I know! Thanks, Scalzi commenters.
It’s not bad, but the Henley version is above and beyond. I can’t listen to this without thinking how much better the original version is. And this isn’t about which came first. Eva Cassidy’s Fields of Gold absolutely ruined Sting’s original interpretation for me.
There are very few music acts that can do no wrong in this world. Heart is one of them.
Sigh.. makes me long for Father’s Day 1996 watching Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder, and Timothy B. Shmidt perform this live, outdoors, after the sun had set. This version just doesn’t do it for me. :-(
I still prefer Don Henley’s version. I just have trouble wrapping my head around this song with a female vocalist – and yes, that’s more my problem than anything else.
The Ataris are the only other version with a male vocalist, and it loses points for using Black Flag instead of Deadhead. The connotations of a Grateful Dead sticker on a Cadillac – the symbol of the counterculture on the symbol of everything the counterculture was against – just don’t carry as well with Black Flag. I don’t know; maybe I was the one of the few people who hadn’t heard of Black Flag?
Oh my goodness. I just learned something new and disturbing. It’s “after the boys of summer…” not, “after the poison summer…”
It makes so much more sense now….
*Hangs head in shame*
Reminds me a bit of this. (A band called the Clarks covering the “The River”.)
@ Heather – Don’t feel bad; I always heard it as “poison summer”, too. It’s a pretty cool mondegreen.
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