Friday, December 14, 2012

"Walks Like a Lady" by Journey

Song#:  0185
Date:  05/24/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  32
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock



Pop Bits:  Journey's third hit album in a row was their biggest yet. "Departure" peaked at #8 in part due to the success of the first single "Any Way You Want It" (Redux #0075). This second single got inside the Top 40 but was not nearly as memorable as that lead-off track.

ReduxReview:  For me, this song really doesn't sound like Journey. And it doesn't even sound like a good single choice. It's more like a pause between arena rockers. Most of their early chart songs ended up being big rock radio standards, but this is not one of them. It's an interesting tune in their catalog, but one of their weakest singles.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Keyboardist and founding member Gregg Rolie decided to leave Journey after "Departure." This would be the second major hot group he would end up leaving. Prior to Journey, Rolie was a founding member of Santana. He sang the lead on two of their Top 10 hits, "Black Magic Woman" and "Evil Ways." He made a decision to leave the group in 1971, but by 1973 he was back in another band along with another former Santana member, guitarist Neil Schon. This new band would become Journey.

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