Still recovering from the holidays, so no Weekend Listomania today. Have no fear, blah blah blah, the List will be back next week, tanned rested and blah blah blah.
Have I mentioned blah blah blah?
Anyway, in its stead, please enjoy (and you'll thank me, I warrant) once and future power pop goddesses The Bangles and the concluding track from their absolutely wonderful 2010 album Sweetheart of the Sun -- a transplendent remake of the Todd Rundgren/Nazz classic "Open My Eyes."
If memory serves, this hasn't been covered as often as you might expect -- I seem to recall a pretty good live version by The Wondermints on some compilation or other, but that's about it. Back in my feckless youth, I always wanted to play it onstage with somebody, but it was not to be, alas; closest I ever got was a thrown-together club version (with my '80s skinny tie band) of Todd's other genre-defining tune, "Couldn't I Just Tell You."
In any case, I think this update is actually better than the original, thanks to the gals still spine-tingling harmonies and a characteristically flawless production by the great Matthew Sweet. I must confess, however, that I miss original bassist Michael Steele (not the former RNC chairman); I always thought she was the cutest Bangle. Something to do with that aubergine hair, I suspect.