For the first couple of years that I owned that Rascals album, I convinced myself that their version was actually cool. In subsequent years, the best I could say was that their version was “better.” Today, I heard the Benetar version, remembered how much I disliked it, then went back to the original to see how much better it actually was.
It’s better, but I still don’t like all the melodramatic builds. The Rascals could pull that Broadway stuff off in “How Can I Be Sure,” but I find it inappropriate coming out of such a meaty guitar hook during the verses. It’s like that fluffy major 7th break in The Nazz’s “Open My Eyes.”
I spent the rest of the day realizing that “You Better Run” is mediocre at the core.
Have you ever gotten excited to discover the original version of a song you didn’t care for in its popular format by someone else, only toe realize that the original, by an artist you love, is not much better?