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 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.
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.
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 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.