Welcome to 30-Day Song Challenge, the Sequel. Over the last month I’ve been working through the 30-Day Song Challenge, and I liked the idea so much I created a follow-up around 30 of the questions I wished the original had posed.
You’re invited to track along, comment, offer your own entries, and by all means click the link above (or the icon at the bottom of the page) to Like the Facebook group and play for yourself. The rules are here (or click the INFO link on the FB page).
Now, let’s get started with Day 1: a song you love from a band you hate.
There’s never been much to respect about Journey. They were the pinnacle of Corporate Rock and Steve Perry was as self-involved a prancing cliché as ever fouled the stage. Which was a shame, because Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie had played with Santana, and Perry had one of the greatest rock voices ever, and later on they absorbed Jonathan Cain from a band I really liked, The Babys. (Of course, the gods deliver me, they also had a dawg bass player named Randy Jackson at one point.)
But the thing about CorpRock was that those bands were all about being rich and famous as opposed to brilliant and artistic, and to do that you needed songs. Great pop songs, anthems that the chicks would swoon over wrapped in arrangements and production values that were sufficiently masculine so that male fans could tag along without feeling like wusses. Which meant that no matter how much you might detest the put-up job, every once in awhile there was going to be a song that you couldn’t help liking.
“Girl Can’t Help It.” I guess I can’t either.