Monday, July 21, 2014

"Summer Nights" by Survivor

Song#:  0923
Date:  02/20/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  62
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Survivor made some headway on the chart with "Poor Man's Son" (#33), the lead single from their second album "Premonition." This second single floundered a bit on the chart for a couple months but it wouldn't really matter. Their next single would push them over the top and define their career.

ReduxReview:  This slow-charging tune is one that kind of reminds me of late-70s Journey, just maybe not as epic as that band would have done. Members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan were really starting to get the hang of writing solid, catchy rock songs and it was beginning to pay off for the band. This one should have gotten more attention back in the day.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song and many others on the band's first four albums were sung by Dave Bickler. Years after he left the band, Bickler's voice became famous again via a series of humorous ad campaigns. Originally started in 1998 as "Real American Heroes," the mocking ads were for Bud Lite and the success kept the ads going for years. After the 9/11 attacks, the ads changed direction and got redubbed "Real Men of Genius." These proved to be even more popular and new ads continued through to 2008. Bicker is the voice singing in the ads. They were so popular, that even a CD was issued with the ads and it sold very well.


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