The power ballad that entered my head

I think many of you know I’m a GenXer. I was influenced by 80s music and all that. I listen to radio stations in the car that play 80s music, and I have a list in my Spotify account with mostly 80s music.

Just the other day, a song popped up that hasn’t been played in forever. I forgot about this song even though it was played a million times when I was in school.

When I heard it, in the car on the way to pick up a kid from someplace, it triggered something.

So, I pulled it up on YouTube and listened to it again once I got home. The hit power ballad was performed by Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, members of the band Extreme.

I read up on Rolling Stone about it and listened to it again and then watched Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) perform it with Nuno Bettencourt.

The lyrics and melody are still in my head…

Do you remember this song?

 

 

25 thoughts on “The power ballad that entered my head

  1. This song takes me instantly back to a very specific boy and time in high school. Not particularly pleasant memories, but poignant nonetheless. It’s also one of those songs that if I ever hear it, I stop what I’m doing and sing along. Love the harmony!

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    1. We actually wanted “Perfect Lovesong” by the Divine Comedy, but nobody knew about it, and back in those days DJs didn’t have iTunes or whatever to download anything on demand.

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  2. Great tune and the harmonizing is tight. Easy to sing alone with. When you really listen to the words, bad message. LOL I am sure you heard about the controversy with “Baby, it’s cold outside”…those who are most extreme (pun intended) would probably force this song into that category too.

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    1. I think the message is spot on. He’s making the point that saying I love you, the words, isn’t enough, show with your actions too. I researched the lyrics and the song’s origin a bit. Interesting background. 🙂

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      1. That makes sense, if you take it from a romantic point of view. However, from a male perspective “don’t tell me you love me, prove it.” It kind of implies the best way to prove that you love me is to sleep with me. Given that (most) guys are typical physically motivated, not emotionally motivated, it gives the song a different connotation.

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    2. People have to be careful judging lyrics. I read an article by a feminist professor who said the people who complained about Baby It’s Cold Outside had got it totally wrong. It is a flirtatious back and forth but modern audiences were judging it outside of the context of its time and it’s actually a song about a woman wanting to go with her instincts and claim her sexuality despite living at a time when everyone would judge her and try to keep her chaste.

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      1. I know, it’s challenging to keep time and context in mind in today’s social climate. Kind of like the James Bond movies from the 60s…hard to watch all the aggression against women but it’s (unfortunately) how it was back then. (Mad Men comes to mind too).

        I took the song’s lyrics as positive. He doesn’t want the words to become meaningless.

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      2. Oh, I agree, people often read too much into a lot of things. We now live in an “outrage culture” where everything is offensive and we are looking for something to be angry about, even if it isn’t there.

        I find it ironic (ok, not really) that a feminist professor would express exactly the opposite of what the mainstream culture was saying it about a guy being “oppressive” and turning the song into something about the freedom of femininity. Perhaps someone else was reading a bit too much into it as well.

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