Truthfully, I’ve actually had all of the Hagar-era hits running through my head since I made a playlist of them, including this one, which was (inexplicably) left off the greatest hits CDs.
One drawback to not listening to top-40 radio is that you miss hit songs when they’re current. Conversely, not discovering you like a song until fourteen years after its release means you don’t have to worry about hearing it played too often, and there are usually a handful of live and acoustic versions to enjoy by then.
I’ve been playing Tropico 3 lately, which is a simulation game that puts you into the shoes of a small island republic’s dictator (hence the correlation).
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a video of this song. The closest is an Amazon sample.
In rebuilding my library, I find myself forgetting many of my staple groups just because of the sheer amount of music I need to replace digitally. Sugar Ray was one such oversight — at least until the other day. Now I can’t stop singing this song.
The studio version of this song is from HLN’s first album, while the live recording was given to the original “We Are the World” album (which is where I first heard it). It seems to have reverted back to HLN in the intervening years (which is how I was able to buy it).
I recently bought the remastered deluxe editions of some of Collins’ older work, which came with an extra disc’s worth of live and demo recordings. This song, from his first solo album, has been on repeat in my head since yesterday, when I finally got to hear the extra live version. Apparently, it was originally a slower, artsy Genesis song until they played it back at double speed, prompting Collins to rerecord it himself with Earth, Wind, and Fire’s horn section.
This is one of the songs that inspired me to start this blog, since it was stuck in my head off and on for a few weeks this summer. It surfaced again today.