Saturday, February 7, 2015

"Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry

Song#:  1160
Date:  08/28/1982
Debut:  77
Peak:  17
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  In 1977, Loggins began a streak of platinum solo albums following the breakup of the duo Loggins and Messina. Three platinum studio albums and two Top 10's later, Loggins issued his fourth LP "High Adventure." This first single seemed like a shoe-in hit thanks to the guest appearance (and co-writing skills) of Journey's front man Steve Perry. And indeed it was a significant rock radio hit reaching #4 at Mainstream Rock. Yet pop wasn't as excited about the song and it could only muster a Top 20 showing, which came on the heels of his #7 hit from the "Caddyshack" soundtrack, "I'm Alright." Although the album would be Loggins' third best charting album (#13), it couldn't match the sales of his previous outings and only reached gold level.

ReduxReview:  I thought this song was just okay back then, but quite enjoy it now. I like it's loud factor (for Loggins, that is) and of course Perry sounds great. There are things in this song that seem like a precursor to Loggins' "Footloose" song. Whatever he learned here, he seemed to take elements and move his music forward. If that is truly the case, then this was a solid launching board.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In addition to having Perry as co-writer and vocalist on the track, guitarist Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar) also plays on the track. Loggins has said that the song was more of an experiment to push his music further into rock territory.


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