- Not to me, but I can see where you''d feel that way, OP.%0D
- Kenny Rogers deserves a good portion of the blame, don''t dump it all on her.
- Agreed. She basically shouts her part in the song.
- Every time I think about that song I remember Kenny doing it as duet with Dolly Parton on her short lived tv show. She sang the line as "who needs Sheena Easton."
- Poor Sheena really strains throughout the song.
- The collapse of Sheena Easton was complete with "We''ve Got Tonight."
- LEAVE SHEENA ALONE!!!!!
Me if youtube had existed 30 years ago
Thanks cheekster / r4. I found the clip on youtube and checked it out. Too bad Kenny and Dolly didn''t do a studio version.
- Kenny has no range, so they probably built the song around him- the bigger star.%0D\
Never liked him. He and Dolly emerged during that weird country surge around 1980, when nothing else was happening musically (post Disco, pre-new Wave). It did give us "Urban Cowboy", though- John Travolta''s last good film.
Marilu Henner, vacuuming my curtains while learning German
- Today Sheena came in the bank I work in Las Vegas.
What a pathetic fat mess she is.
She was all like, I need to open an account but I'm famous so no one must know me. I thought it might be her but she's about 150 pounds heavier and lost all her accent.
She said, "My pseudonym is Sheen Easton."
Like Sheen is so different from Sheena. So I pointed this out to her and he was like, "good point," make it "Sheena Weston."
Then she asked me if I bought her records. Only she didn't say "rec-erds" she said, "re-cords". Like one "records a song."
If I wasn't behind in my accounts quota I would have told that fat cow to go back to 1980.
- Sheena has always been underrated. She had considerable vocal talent but was plagued with terrible management that was never able to build any consistent image or career arc for her.
Still, she managed to score 16 top 40 hits(7 in the top 5) including the #1 international smash "Morning Train"
She was Prince's muse and most frequent collaborator and to this day the ONLY artist to appear in the title sequence of a James Bond film. And she's worth MILLIONS dah-link!
With her talent,personality and perfect beauty she would have been a HUGE star in today's drab entertainment millieu.
- I agree, OP.
- She's been married FOUR times. And they've all ended in divorce within 18 months or less. What's her damage?
- I liked her parts on the song. She barrels through it, but she builds drama and I don't think anyone was intending that the Seger version be forgotten.
She made a lot of sugary schlock in her heyday, but there were a few good spots and I think this is one of them.
But yes, very heavy now, and accent reduction probably removed one of the last remaining things about her that was charming. I've seen clips in YouTube of recent performances in cheap casinos, her voice is greatly diminished now. It's a drag getting old, isn't it.
Yeah after that song she only had the top ten hits,
Telefone, Sugar Walls, Strut, The Lover In Me and top 40 hits, Almost Over You, Do it For Love, So Far So Good and What Comes Naturally.
- Her natural accent was so sexy. I was incredibly disappointed when she got rid of it.
- Always hated her kitschy music and her hair.
- Sheena is the first reality show star, so to speak. She was profiled on the BBC show The Big Break as she tried to break into the music business. She was big for about ten years, which isn't shabby. She was also doing Broadway and cartoon voice over work in the nineties. She did Man of La Mancha with Raul Julia.
One of her husbands was a female impersonator in Vegas. When Sheena divorced him, he started doing her in his act.
- I remember when nine to five was played all the time.
- [quoute]One of her husbands was a female impersonator in Vegas. When Sheena divorced him, he started doing her in his act.
It's funny, because in this interview with Arsenio, he asks her about that and she doesn't exactly deny it and says she doesn't know.
- [quote]Sheena has always been underrated. She had considerable vocal talent but was plagued with terrible management that was never able to build any consistent image or career arc for her.
I agree - she was very underrated. She was a great singer, but her songs were always hit and miss. All of her albums after "A Private Heaven" sucked with the exception of "The Lover In Me". Her record labels just didn't seem to find many good songs for her.
I do remember reading a story several years ago by a celeb bodyguard who said he once worked for her during her heyday and said she was a real bitch who was jealous of Madonna's success.
- Anyone recall the episodes of Miami Vice where she played Crockette's wife ?
- I've never understood the hate people have for her. She was a terrific, underrated singer. I guess it's her reputation as a bitch. I love her performance of "You Could've Been With Me":
- Does anyone remember her being "discovered" on a UK T.V. Show where she got to meet and get guidance from her inspiration - Dusty Springfield ?
By the way , "Almost Over You", a truly great song.
- Yeah, it was called "The Big Time"...people sometimes confuse it with an American Idol type competition program but it was actually more of a documentary.
I've seen excerpts here and there but never the complete presentation.
- Sheena's NOT a punk rocker . . .
- My baby pulls a morning train...
- Bob Seger's original 1978 version was a beautiful work of art. Kenny and Sheena's? Not so much. They turned it into sap.
- I also think Sheena Easton had a great voice. But her material was sometimes very good, and sometimes very bad. A lot of shlock and filler on her albums. A bunch of good singles, though.
I particularly like So Far, So Good, You Could Have Been With Me, For Your Eyes Only. When He Shines has grown on me.
And she is much better in We've Got Tonight than Kenny Rogers is.
- Sheena's version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was FAR better than that shitty Bette Midler version. I'll never understand how Bette's version was the one that became popular.
- I always loved the campy "Weekend In Paris"!
I had my watch set on Parisian time
- My favorite Bond theme will always be Nobody Does It Better, but For Your Eyes Only is a close second. And Sheena can sing the hell out of it.
Pity she does seem like a bit of a humorless asshole in real life.
- [quote]I remember Kenny doing it as duet with Dolly Parton on her short lived tv show
Just when you thought Dolly couldn't be any more of a treasure.
I agree with most of the sentiment here. She indeed had vocal talent and charisma, if not drive to sustain but I do not like those earlier high pitched MOR records.
When she became a Prince ho is when things got interesting.
R11 is right, she does have impressive achievements like being on a Bond song and one of peak period Prince's uber classics. She also has this record about reaching the top 5 in every major chart, from country to r&b. But despite that she is super forgotten and anonymous. But then even Taylor Dayne had a better chart record.
The problem? The usual one of mediocre material making her a footmark. "The Lover in Me" is among the most forgettable things LA & Babyface shat out in the late 80s, Pebbles and Karyn White got the good stuff.
This though is her finest moment and best vocal.
- It also has a brilliant 80s early Morales mix
- Now conventional wisdom has it that when she changed her image Sheena just jumped on the bandwagon and became a Madonna knock off. But is that really true?
When she sluttified her image with hobag anthem Strut it was sudden definitely. Madonna was always slutty from the start but Sheena was perhaps more blatant.
Strut predates Like a Virgin apparently, which is when she blew up big time after playing second banana all year to Cyndi. The video to Strut was relatively chaste and merely suggestive. Not here.
- I liked "I Wouldn't Beg for Water."
- Has she shook those blues yet?
- I loved her song, "If You Wanna Keep Me".
- I don't get this humorless bitch reputation....I mean maybe she is but in this appearance on Rick Dee's short lived talk show she's both charming,funny AND drop dead GORGEOUS! You don't find that combination too often.
I saw her at the Oregon State Fair when I was a kid and her singing was actually just as STRONG live as it is recorded.
I think she has a lot of gay appeal and in more recent performances I've seen she's actually quite campy and self-deprecating and seems to enjoy sending up her former sexy image. I don't know why the gays don't adore her. She's much more fun than dour Madonna.
- Your face is jammin,
your body's heck-a-slammin
If love is good let's get to rammin
- Love her telefone
- Kenny Rogers? I thought that was a Bob Seger song.
- I think it's because there's something very obvious about her. Like when she went all "sexy", she looked like a Vegas waitress who'd been tipped big and went on a shopping spree.
- [quote]Kenny Rogers? I thought that was a Bob Seger song.
Bob Seger's version was the original, released in 1978. The Kenny Rogers/Sheena Easton duet was a cover released in early 1983, and it was terrible and pointless.
- most underrated voice in pop.
- I would without hesitation assert that not only is Sheena a TOTALLY underrated vocal talent she is argubly THE most beautiful woman ever to have had a major singing career....even with the short hair. She also doesn't take herself too seriously these days which I'm surprised doesn't make her more of a gay favorite.
- Sheena looking incredibly hot on "Solid Gold"...good song too.
- I defy ANYONE to tell me this bitch can't sing her ASS off!
- OP has no taste. Sheena makes that song listenable. Kenny Rogers has a horrible voice.
Sheena should have had a bigger career though hers was pretty good. It wouldn't surprise me if she was a bitch though. I understand her annoyance that someone as untalented and average-looking as Vadge was more successful and famous.
- R50 I agree. Sheena had so many great songs that did not become hits and just went unnoticed for whatever reason. The only thing I can think of is that she was a terrible dancer, had terrible videos, and didn't have much stage presence. Those things all became important during 80's in order for success. Sadly, that was when image started becoming more important than talent (Vadge for example).
- A 10 year string of hits isn't too shabby. I bet she'd be a hoot to meet.
"For Your Eyes Only" is my favorite---I don't care for her later "slutty" stuff very much, now. In junior high, though, "Sugar Walls" was huge. We all thought it was so dirty and edgy--- she's talking about her PUSSY, OMG!
I remember an episode of "Just Say Julie" where Julie Brown did a "shampoo commercial" for SHEENA-POO, "so you too can smell like a semi-celebrity!"
I always think of Sheenapoo when I hear her songs.
- She was cheap xmas trash.
- [quote]A 10 year string of hits isn't too shabby.
For someone with her voice and several good songs, she should have had more hits than she had, especially considering she had singles released every single year in the 1980's. I'll never understand how the edgy "Sugar Walls" only went to #9, but Vadge's cheesy "Like a Virgin" went to #1.
Another problem was that she did some great songs that never got single releases: A Letter From Joey, Weekend in Paris, You Make Me Nervous, She's In Love (With Her Radio), One Love, and If You Wanna Keep Me all should have been singles.
- Sheena Easton is one of my all-time guilty pleasures. She was not a studio creation. She can definitely sing, and she was beautiful. I remember reading a mini-review of We've Got Tonight in one of the Boston papers back in the day, in which the writer said that she just adds this little extra something to everything that she sings. She definitely blows Kenny Rogers out of the water on the duet.
I think she wasn't a bigger star because of her lack of stage presence and because an awful lot of her material wasn't that great. Like a lot of singers who don't write their own material, she was very dependent on song quality. Her albums are full of filler. (I have a soft spot for the "You Could Have Been with Me" album, though, which has a lot of enjoyable tracks.) And the production was competent but not particularly current or interesting. The uptempo stuff on her early albums in particular sounded thin and unexciting even back then. Machinery really killed her momentum. But she could sing the hell out of a dramatic song like You Could Have Been with Me.
I was lucky enough to have seen her live in Man of La Mancha with Raul Julia. Her live voice is incredible.
- Lick my Sugar Walls, Bitch.
- She didn't turn herself into a tabloid darling like Vadge, that's why she wasn't more famous. Sheena had everything on Vadge except dancing. Vadge is a competent dancer while Sheena is poor. Looks and singing obviously Sheena wins by FAR.
- "Sugar Walls" was one of only 30 songs in the 1980s to reach the Top Ten, but spend less than 10 weeks in the Top 40.
- R58 Sugar Walls was simply too ahead of its' time and because it was so risqué, it suffered from a lack of airplay on a lot of radio stations - especially in middle America and the South.
- Her record label was so stupid to not release "If You Wanna Keep Me" as a single. That song was hot for it's time. Instead they released the boring "You Can Swing It" as the second single and the "What Comes Naturally" album disappeared afterwards.
- Fellow Scot Lulu had a hit with We've Got Tonight about a decade ago. When Lulu appeared on the documentary charting Sheena's pop star moulding, Lulu's manager said in no uncertain terms that Easton would never make it to stardom.
I wonder if Sheena held a grudge against Lulu.
- R61 I doubt Sheena cares. After all, Sheena was a worldwide artist while Lulu is only known in the UK and a few European countries.
- Sheena was my favorite 80s British import recording act. Much better in every way than the horrible-voiced Bonnie Tyler (puke)
- I beg--beg!--of you: Do not awaken the Lulu troll!
- Or the troll of Kiki Dee!
That's not quite true. Once Sheena went to America, she lost most of her British fanbase. Her late 90s Gay Disco comeback was met with indifference. Even those poppered queens weren't buying it.
Still, she's made a lot of money.
- It's no more (or less) dreary than most music released in the 1980s. Was it the "power ballad" that played over the credits of some equally undistinguished movie? Hardly worthy of a thread of its own.
- There's a Kiki Dee Troll?!
- "I think she wasn't a bigger star because of her lack of stage presence" - R55, I never saw her live, but I would not have expected that she would lack stage presence.
- I thought she sounded just fine on this song. I love this version.
- It wasn't in a good key for her.
- "I've never understood the hate people have for her."
The song 9 to 5 or Morning Train or whatever it was called is enough reason to hate her:
MAH babee takes the morning TRAIN!
He works from nine to five and THEN!
HE takes another home AGAIN!
TO find me waiting for him!
- I like the sugar walls song
- She was distinctly lacking in warmth. Pretty, though - and a decent voice.
- This was my "jam" back in college.
- [quote]I never saw her live, but I would not have expected that she would lack stage presence.
She was very boring on stage. Basically just walked around and snapped her fingers. Couldn't really dance at all and her performances had no energy.
- Sheens Easton was no Laura Branigan!
- I rode the morning train to 8th grade.
- R77 - She lasted longer than Laura.
- Why isn't she on Dancing With The Stars?
- Forgotten recluse.
- R81 That article says she lives with a man, performed in October and has gigs lined up for 2014. Forgotten, maybe but doesn't really sound like a recluse. Sounds like she prefers the quiet life though if the ex-husband's remarks are to go by.
Her face is puffy leaving a dental hospital. Got to love the Daily Mail dramatising the puffy face and wheelchair as if she is at death's door. "What's happened to Sheena Easton?" screams the headline. Probably fitted with some new veneers.
- She doesn't look bad at all in that article. I think she chunked up a bit in the last decade, but she looks fine there.
- Sheena was great live - had fabulous control and a real sense of how to build a pop song.
Here's I Wouldn't Beg For Water on the Tonight Show.
Saw her in Grease and Man of La Mancha. A stage actress she ain't, but I still love her.
- How come Better Midler was the one to have the hit with Wind Beneath My Wings? Was her arrangement that different from Easton's or Gladys Knight's? Or was it the BEACHES platform that the song received?
- The article at R81 said:
[quote]Easton - once said to be worth $65 million - is currently living a more humble lifestyle and has downsized from a much more luxurious home this summer. Online property records show the singer sold her five-bedroom mansion, which had a pool and spa, in July for $430,650 - at a loss of more than $80,000. The four-bedroom place she is currently living in is in a far less exclusive complex, has no pool and is worth just $200,000.
Wow, what the fuck happened to her money?!
- If you're referencing the 2010 version, she was trying to make a statement and cover Kenny's errors. I sort of liked the version, it shows a lot about their growth and true talents.
- [quote] Kenny Rogers deserves a good portion of the blame, don't dump it all on her.
My "favorite" Kenny live performance.
Poor Donna - she had stretch her arm practically out to the audience so Kenny could be heard.