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Finally released, the long lost mixes! limited 1st press on black vinyl.
For years, Lee Ving, the vocalist and leader of impish punk bruisers Fear, has been teasing the release of a song the group recorded with John Belushi in 1981. He's finally putting out the tune — the appropriately snotty-sounding "Neighbors," which was supposed to accompany the Belushi movie of the same name — digitally on Halloween and as a special seven-inch in November. But even before the decades-long wait for its release, the origins of the recording were steeped in strife.
The SNL actor became a fan of Fear after catching them on the L.A.-based music-TV show New Wave Theatre in 1980. He got in touch with the show's host, Peter Ivers, who gave the actor Ving's phone number. "We had a couple of beers and became fast friends," the Fear frontman recalls. Belushi asked Fear to write a song for the movie he was making at the time, Neighbors, a comedy about a family whose lives change when a younger couple, played by Dan Aykroyd and Cathy Moriarty, move in next door. The group obliged him on the offer, writing a plodding, charging barnburner.
Fear recorded the tune at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles with Belushi's Blues Brothers buddy, legendary Stax Records house guitarist Steve Cropper, producing. But initially Belushi didn't want to sing on it. "I kept arguing with John, 'I wrote the lyrics for you to sing,'" Ving recalls. "I was quite militant on the punk-rock issue of being punk-correct in that I wasn't looking forward to singing lyrics that I had written for someone else to sing that were based on a movie that didn't touch my life. The lyrics weren't authentic enough for me to sing them. We went back and forth, and eventually John says, 'OK, OK, I'll sing it.' John, being such a good mimic, sings it, and you can tell it's not me." Ving sang backup on the recording, and then eventually he relented and recorded his own lead vocal take with Belushi on backup, which he did not intend to release at the time.
|A||Neighbors (2015 Mix)|
|B1||Neighbors (Fear Version)|
|B2||Neighbors (Original Cropper 1981 Mix)|
Original Release Year: 2016
Label: Fear Records
Catalog #: AA-103
Format: 7" Vinyl
Vinyl Color: Black