The Persian Leaps
Despite being a huge fan of The Smiths since 1985, I'd never heard "Jeane" until 5-10 years ago. The song blew me away. It's not unusual to track down a rarity or B-side and find it interesting if underwhelming, but "Jeane" felt to me like an essential Smiths song that's been unfairly overlooked. It also sounds unfinished to me--as though with a few more takes and some production love, it could have been an A-side. I'd always wanted to cover a Smiths song, and "Jeane" felt like one I could put my own mark on and perhaps even introduce to people who don't know the original.