Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Strung Out" by Steve Perry

Song#:  2042
Date:  09/08/1984
Debut:  79
Peak:  40
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  "She's Mine," Perry's second single from his debut solo album Street Talk, didn't necessarily burn up the chart. The song peaked just outside the Top 20, which was a bit of a disappointment following his big #3 hit "Oh Sherrie!" This third single returned Perry to a more rock-oriented sound and it did fine at Rock getting to #17. Unfortunately, Pop didn't respond as well and it just barely made the Top 40. Typically, with diminishing returns from each successive single, most labels would call it a day with three. But Perry had one more trick up his sleeve that got him another good hit.

ReduxReview:  I still think they screwed up on the follow-up singles to "Oh Sherrie!" They waited too late for "Foolish Heart" and totally missed out on "I Believe." I like this song and it made for a pretty good track at Rock, but it needed to be left until the fourth single, if even at all. I think the album would have been an even bigger hit had they planned the singles better. Regardless, this album-closing tune was a solid track that sounded like something Journey could have done if they wanted to be a pop band.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In Perry's pre-Journey days he was a member of a few bands including his last one before joining up with Journey called Alien Project. The band seemed to be doing well and had recorded a few demo songs to entice label interest. Unfortunately, before that could happen one member of the band was killed in an auto accident. The band decided to split afterward and Perry nearly gave up music. He was coaxed back by Journey's manager, who had heard one of the Alien Project demos. Offered the job as the band's new lead vocalist, Perry went back to work. For Perry's solo album, he enlisted the help of one of his former Alien Project band members, Craig Krampf. Krampf had become an in-demand session drummer and sometimes songwriter since those early days. As a nod to the Alien Project, Perry named his solo album Street Talk, which was originally supposed to be the band's name.


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