A rocked-up cover version by the South African band Seether returned this song to the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, placing at #63. The band recorded the song with a mix of reverence and jocularity, thoroughly confusing their fans, especially those too young to know that it was a cover.
When we spoke with Seether frontman Shaun Morgan
, he explained: "Basically, it's a love song written by a gay man, and they wanted us to do a Valentine's Day song for iTunes, and we said, 'Well, let's pick a gay love song.'
But we love the song. It's one of those guilty pleasures that you have. The last thing that we wanted to do was a serious love song, and it doesn't get more cheeseball than that. We decided to take the opposite approach. We went off to New York, we were at Electric Ladyland Studios, so it was awesome. We worked that day. If you're going to do something, at least do it properly. The other part is that even though we're joking it's something that's going to be out there in perpetuity.
So yeah, it was us taking the piss out of Valentine's Day and we certainly never ever assumed it would become a single. But these things happen. Lightning strikes when you least expect it, I guess. It was fun, but we've had very different mindsets about that song as far as fans. We were doing a Nickelback tour and the younger kids thought that was our song, but then there were some older guys that would stare and flip us off for that entire song because of the homophobia attached that people have. So it's like, well, whatever.
So we just did it as a joke and it sort of backfired on us a little bit."