Del Fuegos – I Still Want You

This song has a very garage band sound. It was a minor hit in 1986. The Del Fuegos were an alternative band that was eventually signed to RCA later in their career. They were touring the same circuit as REM and The Replacements.

The Zanes brothers Dan and Warren formed the band in Boston in the early eighties. The brothers had a hard time getting a long and supposedly still do. Tom Petty became a fan of them and appeared on one of their songs. They also opened up for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on a tour.

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Warren quit the band after the 3rd album. He went to college and received a Ph.D in Visual and Cultural Studies.  Zanes is the former vice president of education and public programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He ended up writing Tom Petty’s biography shortly before Petty’s death.

This song was written by lead singer Dan Zanes and bass player Tom Lloyd, it was one of the first hits for the band. The Del Fuegos got some attention when Miller beer featured them in a national beer commercial as part of their “Made the American Way” campaign, which got them a lot of exposure and also some critical scorn, as commercials were seen as selling out at the time.

After that commercial their creditability suffered. In the current time having your song in a commercial helps you tremendously and no one things anything about it…but in the 20th century it didn’t go over well. The band would hear “sell out” on tour.

After the commercial though… they did get better tours and more money. This song peaked at #87 in the Billboard 100 in 1986.

I Still Want You

Seasons change and lessons get learned
It’s been awhile, but my heart burns
It said, I still want you

And that’s all I’ll do
Spend my time just thinking about you
Said, I still want you

The car we bought together just started to rust
The world we made came between the two of us
I still want you

When the day was through
We drive through town my arm around you
Said, I still want you

I tried so hard just to fill your cup
I tried so hard just to fill it up
But you only drift away, you drift away
Now you only drift away, you drift away

I hear the rain coming down
The leaves start to fall
I hear your voice I remember it all
Said, I still want you

And that’s all I’ll do
Spend my life just thinking about you
Said, I still want you

I tried so hard, tried to fill your cup
I tried so hard just to fill it up
But you only drift away, you drift away

And baby, I still want you
I still want you
I said, I still want you

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Del Fuegos – I Still Want You”

    1. Thanks for listening Christian…I’m trying to get a little more obscure with some choices… to bounce back and forth between the two.

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      1. Yeah. It was very fertile territory. Lots of energy and all kind of experimentation going on one hand–on the other, some bands were returning to a more stripped down sound. Then the alternative sound became commercialized in the 90s and that’s all you heard.

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    1. I thought of all people you are the one that would know this one. It’s a good song and it’s the only one I believe to hit the hot 100.

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      1. right… I listened to a station that played “college rock” a lot in those years, but I don’t remember that one. Maybe the #87 placing represented it being a very regional hit?

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      2. It could have been…I do know when the beer commercial came they heard about it loudly.

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    1. CB I thought you might like this one because this was that period…Replacements, Green on Red, and so on. It was a great time to like alternative music.

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