Bey’s version is pretty great too, but The-Dream’s original demo is a little less melodramatic. There’s a rough-sounding percussiveness that makes this version hit harder. Oh, and the vocal harmonies on the chorus — so good!
“Too Far Gone” is a gem from Chrome Dreams, an unreleased batch of demos that Young recorded in the ’70s. It didn’t appear again until it was re-recorded — slicker, more canned-sounding — for 1989’s Freedom.
The demo version of this song is one of GBV’s best songs — raw, rollicking, impossibly catchy. The Do the Collapse version, produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, is an almost embarrassing wobbly new-wave mess.