I'm not sure why so many people hated the song. It certainly was never my favorite, but I didn't despise it.
Check out this early Hunter version, he thought enough of the tune that he used to do a Day Job reprise!! Nice early version of Touch of Gray, and I always dig his versions of The 11 --> St Stephen:
This GD version from 83 aint so bad:
Thank you for the link to the Hunter show. I like his reading of Day Job. As far as the Dead's version, I just got tired of hearing them do it. I will say I'm glad they did that instead of covering In a gahda da vida or Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I got love in my tummy