When we first launched the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files–a section in which we spotlight songs that deserved to be bigger hits–we figured we’d wait a few weeks before pulling out the big guns. So now, as we near Idolator’s one-month anniversary, let us present the song that inspired the whole CWS feature in the first place–a song which you absolutely need to hear:
Artist: Glenn Danzig And The Power And The Fury Orchestra
Song: “You & Me (Less Than Zero)”
Album: Less Than Zero soundtrack, 1987
What happened: The Rick Rubin-produced Zero collection has no shortage of stand-out tunes, from P.E.’s “Bring The Noise” to L.L.’s “Going Back To Cali” to the Bangles’ “Hazy Shade Of Winter.” With so many high-profile contributions, it’s not surprising that Danzig’s melodramatic ballad got overlooked, especially since most radio DJs and listeners mostly knew him only as the ex-lead singer of the punk band the Misfits–if they even knew him at all.
Why it should have been a hit: Even though Danzig is one of the more cartoonish frontmen in hard-rock history (a pretty spectacular achievement, especially when you consider some of his peers), the man can sing. “You And Me” sounds like Elvis at his most desperate, and when Danzig’s voice is combined with that big string section, you’ll find yourself nearly moved to tears by a big-muscled midget.
Glenn Danzig And The Power And The Fury Orchestra – You & Me (Less Than Zero) [MP3, link expired]