I was just saying to someone my goal is to write
a pefect first draft. Crimson and Clover is a great example of why perfect isn’t always desirable.
What I find amazing is the 1968 record was not a final version, it was just a rough cut. Tommy James played it for some radio people who taped it and put it on the air without telling him. I wonder if he’d had a chance to “smooth” it out if the results would have been the same?
1968. I have no clue what state I was living in at the time-I suppose I should ask. Had to be either Maryland or Tennessee. Possibly Florida?
The first video is the original 1968 I grew up with and actually still have the 45. How’s that for aging? The second I believe maybe the from the 1991 CD version. I can certainly hear the differences between the two. The video is interesting and since I refuse to choose between the two, I’m putting up both.
I was curious as to the meaning behind Crimson and Clover so I did some looking up. Tommy James explains the origin of the song on Song Facts:
Here’s what Wiki had to say:
Joan Jett also has a pretty good version but I like the original best.