So back in the mid-1980s I was a fan of an Adrian Belew-led band called The Bears. Even got to see them live when they toured in support of their second album, Rise and Shine.
But it is likely my favorite song of theirs came from the first album, The Bears, a tune called Fear Is Never Boring.
But I found out later that actually that song predated The Bears, as it had originally been recorded by The Raisins (who a good chunk of The Bears belonged to, except for Belew–who produced The Raisins album). Here is the originally video for the song, back in the early 1980s.
Then here’s The Bears performing the tune back in 1987, tune into about the 31-minute mark to see the song.
It was not until tonight, when I was watching a 2007 version of the song, that I realized how much this song works not because of Belew, but because of lead singer Rob Fetters.
One last version, from the most recent non-Bears line-up of Fetters, Chris Arduser & Bob Nyswonger in a band called Psychodots. In the 2006 video, it appears they are playing at a Cincinnati Reds-related event. And I love how the song comes full circle in a sense, the original Raisins video starred a few children. So to see children dancing at the live version when Fetters sang “Mama’s little darling likes violent sex” just amused the hell out of me.