Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Journey

* I'm in Dallas this week on business. Won't get much free time, as my days and evenings are already scheduled! I will catch up as best I can this week. Promise!

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

I personally cannot think of any other band that can be called an iconic figure in 80s music. Journey could easily be labeled overly commercial and musical junk food. Sure. But you can't deny the impact this band has had on this decade. When you think of 80s music, Journey has to be one of the first bands to come to mind.

They formed in the 70s, and didn't do much. The record company said they needed to change their jazz-fusion rock and roll sound and get a front man. Enter Steve Perry. When I listen to any Journey song from the 80s, I am still in awe of this man's voice. His range and his power is unequaled. In the late 70s, Journey started to taste some success. But they became mega-stars in the 80s.

Their 1981 album, Escape, went NINE times platinum. Hits included: "Who's Cryin' Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Open Arms." (Sigh) I think of roller skating parties in junior high when I hear these songs. Me personally, I think "Stone in Love" is just a great rock song, although most people have never heard it.

Their 1983 follow up, Frontiers, was also a smash. It went SIX time platinum. I remember rockin' out to "Separate Ways" on the school bus when our driver was in a good mood and played the radio. "Faithfully" was a big hit as well, 

After a temporary break, they came back pretty strong in 1986 with Raised on Radio. I remember watching the music video to "Girl Can't Help It," and I thought it was funny how Steve Perry wore a coat with tails along with denim jeans. Another great song off this album included "I'll be Alright Without You."

Journey's 1988 Greatest Hits Album continues to sell 500,000 - 1MM copies a year. Yowza!

Here's "Stone in Love."


Cynthia said...

I seem to recall quite a bit of Journey music from the TV show Glee. Do you watch?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They were certainly iconic of the 80's.
Their new front man is impressive. Sounds just as good as Perry.
My friends and I always sang alternate lyrics to Open Arms - Broken Arms!

Miranda Hardy said...

Love Journey! I still listen to several songs. They are classic to me.

Melanie Schulz said...

Love love love journey. One of the few bands I would pay to see.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

OMG...I have a friend that thinks Journey is the best band ever. All he does is listen to Journey songs and tell me about the lead singer and how no one could ever sing like him etc. etc. I actually am sick of hearing about Journey LOL

The Desert Rocks said...

Journey is very nice but I prefer THE Journey. LOL

Gina Gao said...

Journey is a great band. I like their songs very much.

Dana said...

I love Journey! I still crank it up whenever I hear it on the radio. :)

Anonymous said...

I think I've heard Don't Stop Believin' more now than back in the 80s. It's everywhere.

Robin said...

I LOVE JOURNEY. I think that Faithfully is my favorite song, but it is a hard call.

farawayeyes said...

Ah, Journey. I remember them.

Connie Gruning said...

Perfect J! Love Journey!
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

How did I miss Journey! I always loved them. Wheel in the Sky is my favorite.

They did a lot of music for soundtracks, including Open Arms for Heavy Metal, Only the Young for Vision Quest, Only Solutions for Tron, and they did an almost completely instrumental soundtrack for a Japanese movie called Time After Time. I still have the Mastered album.

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