We had a fun time recording a covertune on Saturday. We’re not quite done with this sucker, but it was a blast.
This was Rob’s baby, and seeing as his singing chops are much better than mine, it was really sweet of him to ask me to sing the lead melody. “Do that Kurt Cobain thing you do” were his exact instructions, also somehow flattering.
Saturday was the first time I heard this tune. Since then, I’ve learned and heard a good deal more about Love.
Arthur Lee was a Tennessee boy who had a long hard life. In the 90s, he was sentenced to jail for arms possession, multiplied by a CA three strikes law (in the 80s he had an assault charge and a drug charge). He got out early, due to prosecution misconduct, but by then all the remaining members of Love, including the composer of this song, had died.
He toured in earnest with good reception in the early 2000′s. But the final year of the tour he dropped out, pissing off the band. Unknown to them was the bitter truth that Arthur was dying of leukemia.
Arthur Lee died a few years ago, but the legacy of the music has lived on. This song has been covered by countless artists, The Damned and Calexico to name just two.