Saturday, June 4, 2016

"Street of Dreams" by Rainbow

Song#:  1678
Date:  11/05/1983
Debut:  93
Peak:  60
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Rainbow got their biggest US hit with "Stone Cold" (#1 Rock, #40 Pop) from their album Straight Between the Eyes. The album had a more commercial rock sound, which displeased a good portion of their long-time fans. However, the success of the song and album prompted the band to continue down the same path for their next LP Bent Out of Shape. This first single announced its arrival and it was another hit at Rock reaching #2. Although not as popular as "Stone Cold," the song did okay getting to #60. It would be their final single to reach the Pop chart. Later in 1984, the band would split with leader Ritchie Blackmore heading back to his original band Deep Purple.

ReduxReview:  I think this song has even more of a commercial slant than "Stone Cold." It has a good chuggin' beat and a memorable chorus. I actually thought this did better on the chart because I remember the song whereas I didn't recall "Stone Cold." I kind of wished they would have rocked this out a bit more, but as-is I think the song still works and probably should have done better on the chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The video for this song was a take on the famous German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from 1920. Featuring scenes that involve hypnotism, at least one group whose focus was on curbing TV violence complained to MTV about airing the video. Whether or not the channel pulled the video is in question. In his biography, Blackmore stated that MTV banned the video, but there is no confirmation of that to be found.  2) The album did generate a Grammy nomination for the band. They received a nod in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the track "Anybody There."


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