This is one song by ‘Til Tuesday that I wish would have made it into the studio. Even a demo would have been good. But neither exists. Apparently it wasn’t played live too often because one of the band members vaguely remembered it. To this day, I’m still trying to get all the lyrics.
Since Opposites Attract was introduced as a new song in this recording, this would make it written in 1985. The recording was made by someone in the audience which is why it’s not the best quality.
I hope that one day another copy surfaces with clearer lyrics and sound. Until then, we’re lucky to have at least this one.
As she looks into his eyes every night to find everything she’s missing or at least desires..but opposites attract. I know it’s a fact. She’s going through her tears of pain. Opposites Attract.
If you’re a fan of 80’s music or of simply Tears for Fears, you’ll definitely recognize the sampling used in today’s song. Did you guess it yet?
Well, jet back to June of 1985. It’s “Head Over Heels” from the popular Tears for Fears album, Songs from the Big Chair.
At first, I didn’t know what to think of her version. I didn’t like it nor dislike it. But it’s grown on me. I see it as a “modern day” version of the original, with a woman’s point of view. I like how she incorporates lyrics from the original song “La la la la la la” and “Funny how time flies.”
Leona recorded “Favorite Scar” for her third album, GlassHeart, in October of 2012. It hasn’t been released as a single but if it ever is, I think it would be beyond awesome to get Roland and Curt in the video. Take a listen and see what you think.
Do you notice her first line? “Whatcha wanna talk about?” Now recall the original in which Roland says, “I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather.” I liked that connection too.
Interesting job, Leona.
I listened to Stevie Nicks a lot during my junior year of college. I automatically think of one particular person that was in my life at that time. It wasn’t a great year of my life either but I know I’m a lot stronger than I was then. Anyways, upon reading Stevie’s explanation of the song lyrics I realize it also reminds me of someone in my life now. It’s ironic how old songs come back around again reminding you of someone else.
Rooms on Fire was released as a single in April of 1989 from Stevie’s fourth album, The Other Side of the Mirror. It went to #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also become her first ever Top 40 hit, placing at #16 as well.
Stevie described the song in 1989: “Rooms on Fire is about a girl who goes through a life like I have gone through, where she finally accepts the idea that there never will be those other things in her life. She will never be married, she will never have children, she will never do those [that] part of life.”
Fellow musician Rupert Hine produced this album. He contributed to the soundtrack of the 1985 film, Better Off Dead starring John Cusack.
Above is the official music video for Rooms on Fire. The baby dressed in white is her goddaughter.