Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Who's Crying Now" by Journey

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0675
Date:  07/18/1981
Debut:  70
Peak:  4
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  Although Journey was popular and successful with four platinum albums, their singles couldn't do much business on the chart. Their best up to this point was the #16 "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" in 1979. This first single from their album "Escape" broke them into the Top 10 for the first time and it helped catapult their album to #1 (their first and only). The LP has gone on to be their biggest selling studio album with over 9 million being sold to date.

ReduxReview:  After a long line of rockin' singles, Journey amps up the melodic pop for this dark song. It worked perfectly. Bolstered by a great vocal by Steve Perry and a memorable guitar solo from Neal Schon, this was where the group found their sweet spot and it is one of their very best tunes. At the time I really liked the song but wasn't big on Journey yet. Their next single would plant me firmly in their fan camp.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  After the rock group The Babys disbanded, member Jonathan Cain moved over and joined Journey after their keyboardist Gregg Rolie left the band. Cain joined just in time to experience the group's most successful period. His songwriting skills also helped the band greatly as all songs on the "Escape" album were co-written by Cain. This particular song was written by Cain and Steve Perry.


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