Friday, October 5, 2012

"Fire Lake" by Bob Seger

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0070
Date:  02/23/1980
Debut:  65
Peak:  6
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Beginning in the late 60s, Seger was a big deal in his home state of Michigan. He could pack Cobo Arena and the Silverdome, but then head to another major city and draw only minor crowds. It took until 1976 and his album Night Moves to finally break nationally. Then in 1980 he released Against the Wind and it became his first and only #1 album - and the one that knocked Pink Floyd's The Wall off the top spot. The lead single was "Fire Lake" and it was his third Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  Here's another artist I didn't care for until much later. This style of country-rock bar, driving a motorcycle (or horse) music was not my thing but it has grown on me over the years and I appreciate his songwriting skill and jams like "Hollywood Nights." There are times I get in a Seger mood and pop on his hits disc and I'm all about it. However, on the scale of favorite Seger songs "Fire Lake" is not among the best for me. It's got that heavy 1-2 country stomp feel that practically forces your head to move right, left, right, left, rinse and repeat - a lot. Bleh. I call these "dum-dum" songs because the bass heavily plods like dum...dum...dum...dut-dut-dum. When you hear it, you'll know what I mean.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Seger graduated from Ann Arbor High School (now Pioneer High School) in 1963. Later he met future Eagle Glenn Frey and the two worked together in the early years and continued to do so after both were successful. In fact, three of the Eagles do the backing vocals on "Fire Lake."



  1. I agree about this being pretty "dum-ditty-dum" in its cadence, but it has one of my favorite stupid lines of all time "You remember Uncle Joe? He was the one that was afraid to cut the cake" -- wtf? Who would write that lyric? A genius, that's who. Plus, =Against the Wind= was overall a pretty awesome album.

  2. Chart Run: 65 - 40 - 32 - 24 - 19 - 15 - 13 - 11 - 7 - 7 - 6 - 6 - 24 - 57 - 85 - 95