Late in 2016, I posted on Facebook about the contents of a mix tape I put together sometime in early 92. It’s the only sixty-minute tape of its kind in my collection. I’ll be re-upping modified versions of those sixteen posts over the coming weeks.
For a while in early 80s Cincinnati, the Raisins were definitely a thing; they had a locally produced LP and got a fair amount of love on the radio. Their ship never quite came in, although a few years later most of them teamed up with Adrian Belew for a couple of national releases as the Bears.
I was completely shocked last year when I found an actual (albeit rather low-budget) video for this song–in the comments on YouTube, its poster reveals he did sound work for the Raisins for a period of time. The Bears also recorded it for their debut disk, but in my book their version lacks the spontaneity, edginess, and downright fun of the original. Enjoy.