I watched lot of MTV in the mid 90’s when it was still fairly experimental. I caught Naked Eye by chance one day and was instantly smitten. With its driven dancy beat and rhythm, half sung/rapped verses and soaring chorus, how could I not be?
Unfortunately it wasn’t played much as it wasn’t liked by the masses and I only heard it once for one glorious moment at one of the indie dives I used to frequent. Of course nobody else danced to it but I was already drunk so I didn’t give a fuck.
Recently I looked it up on YouTube and found an old performance on Conan O’Brien. It was a revelation and I prefer it to the single version.
The drum sequences were different and more rock orientated, especially in the chorus which worked fantastically with the much rawer bassline and chorus. The vocals were great too. I don’t know if it’s because I could hear her accent more or if it was live but there just seemed to be a lot more energy in the performance.
The drummer was part of the original line up of the Beastie Boys way back when they were punk. Small world.