Sunday, March 8, 2015

"American Heartbeat" by Survivor

Song#:  1190
Date:  09/25/1982
Debut:  79
Peak:  17
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's #1 smash hit "Eye of the Tiger," written for the film "Rocky III," would also serve as the title track to their third album. They tried to keep the momentum going with this second single, but the song did not connect as well as "Eye" and it petered out just inside the Top 20. Oddly, the song couldn't even muster a showing on the Mainstream Rock chart. However, the lack of a second major hit didn't matter much as the album would still become a platinum hit that reached #2.

ReduxReview:  Whoa! That beginning synth sound sounds very similar to the one that starts Prodigy's "Breathe." Funny how those old sounds are getting reused nowadays. This song almost seems like cousin song to "Eye." It could have just as easily been used in "Rocky III." That may be why they chose it as the second single - ride the wave. But the song is just nowhere near as strong as "Eye." It's a good tune, but falls short coming on the heels of such a major hit.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After The Ides of March ("Vehicle," #2, 1970) went on hiatus and before forming Survivor, at one point band member Jim Peterik changed his name and almost embarked on a different musical career. Peterik changed his name to Chalmers Garseny and set out to become the next Elton John. But he soon realized that the Chalmers character was not him and reverted back to rock music using his own name. Peterik did release a solo album in 1976 called "Don't Fight the Feeling," but it didn't get anywhere. He formed Survivor two years later.


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