Monday, October 1, 2012

"Somewhere In America" by Survivor

Song#:  0059
Date:  02/23/1980
Debut:  95
Peak:  70
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock



Pop Bits:  Survivor formed in 1978 but it took a few years and a couple albums before they hit it big - with the help of Sylvester Stallone. Their self-titled debut album didn't make much of an impact but thanks to some local Chicago support, this first single managed to get on the chart. What is interesting with the song is it stayed on the chart for 12 weeks but only peaked at 70. Typically these low-charting singles drop off after a few weeks.

ReduxReview:  After a quiet opening the song goes into a straight-forward mid-tempo rock jam, then a dreamy mid-section, then crunchy guitar solo, then back to the beginning, then jamming again. Somehow it does all pull together, but it is a chaotic 5 minutes. Nice cowbell though.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Lead singer Jim Peterik had chart success before Survivor. He was lead singer of The Ides of March who had a #2 hit in 1970 with "Vehicle."

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