Hard to believe I had missed a whole school of music, and one amazing song in particular… Lots of Oz Rock (and that’s an Encyclopedia of Greatness), West Coast sound, Dance and Trance, hearing the Sex Pistols and knowing, in that moment, everything had changed .
So I moved to London.Hung out in clubs and pubs, danced and devoured everything the UK music scene could offer.
Saw The Clash, The Specials, UB40, Siouxsie and the Banshees, XTC, Black Uhuru, The Pretenders,Elvis C, Graham P, U2 ( when Bono was plump) and pilgrimaged wherever The Jam went. Epic nights of music .
A decade later, a marriage and move to LA, it took freeways, interstates and local radio to beat me into submission….
YOU WILL LOVE BIG AMERICAN STADIUM ROCK
YOU WILL SING POWER BALLADS AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS ..
YOU WILL THINK DON’T STOP BELEIVIN’ IS THE GREATEST SONG EVER WRITTEN.
In spite of a preference for West Coast road trips it’s hard to argue with the big and loud and wide and deep of commercial radio in the midwest. An the incredible power ballad gorge-a-thon when you drive from Milwaukee to St Louis, to Detroit and Cleveland and Chicago.
The genre kills: inescapable, emotional, ubiquitous .Journey with skinny Steve Perry screaming “Don’t Stop Believin” is the rallying, pump-up song for the White Sox, the Dodgers and nearly every second high school football team.
It’s the best selling song in digital download history ( until Imagine Dragons”Radioactive”…yuk)
Released in 1981, I missed it first time around.Apparently it reached only 100 on the Aussie charts, just a little better in the UK.
Described somewhat sourly by music critics as a “Kareoke Pop Ballad” .You’ve got to be kidding!?! Who can sing it like Steve Perry? I like the Jezebels Triple J version , but it’s a little knowingly hipsterish and twee, love the Glee cast rendition ( you tube people) and can’t believe I found a thumpy amped up dance version downloaded in my library ( tequila?)
I forget how much I love it when I”m just living my regular,day to day SoCal life .
Steve, Journey and The Song fade into a mushy background like books I read long ago or old boyfriends.
However, I’m reminded of Al Gore’s wry comment describing “winners, losers and that lesser known, third category”.
Song as Olympic Games opener anyone?
Season 2 finale of Lillehammer and Trond Fausa Avrag’s heartbreakingly vulnerable Torgei tries out for the local production of Glee…
“Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train
Goin’ any where
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
Goin’ any where
A singer in a smokey room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on
Don’t stop believin”