Adrian Belew is best known as a brilliant sideman & guitar foil (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads) and a member of King Crimson, but most people are unaware of his “band on the side”, The Bears.  The other 3 members are no slouches either– this was really a band of 4 equal members that could all write great songs.  The Bears blend Art-Rock and Power Pop in their own distinctive way.  This song features lead vocals by 3 members, and packs plenty of substance & meaning into a 4:53 pop song.  If you’re unfamiliar with The Bears, this song provides a great entry point.

“As You Are” (The Bears) Copyright 2001 Car Caught Fire Music/ASCAP

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2 comments on “The Bears – “As You Are”

  1. Chris Leib Jun 8, 2023

    Just found your podcast Ashe’s I’ve gone back to the beginning. Love the show! I’ve need a huge fan of The Bears a MDS I urge you to check out The Raisins. Adrian Belew produced their only album and it’s brilliant! Psychodots is The Bears without Adrian, and they are fantastic! Hopefully you can do an episode honoring this wonderful collection of musicians.

    • Thanks for listening, and for your feedback! I’m a big fan of The Bears. I’ve got some of the Psychodots and Rob Fetters solo stuff, it’s all good, too. Maybe we’ll cover something from those albums on the podcast, we’ll see. I have a list of over 100 songs I want to get to, and I’m adding to that list all the time, so who knows. I wouldn’t be surprised to find another Bears episode at some point. Hope you keep listening!