The Hall of Lame

Yeah! It’s about time they built a shrine to Da Biebs!

Batter up!  It’s Monday, so that means it’s time to fire up the ballpark organ and serve you up another solid gold spitball aimed straight for your head that could only have come from that out of left field cornfield we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s putting on an MVP performance with one of the legends of the game this week, while the Sponkies are checking to see if baseball has any Aussie rules or not.  This one is outta here!!!!

While it may seem like we have a lot in common, there are actually a number of ways I differ from my longtime WordPress friend Merby…. especially musically.  Sure, I like the Beatles… who doesn’t?  Not liking the Beatles is akin to hating music itself.  But outside of the Fab Four, our tastes vary greatly and I give her no shortage of grief over it.  One of the bands she adores that I can’t stand is Journey

Born and raised in San Francisco…. not South Detroit.

Journey wasn’t the first of its genre, but they became the poster boys for that late 70’s/early 80’s phenomenon known as arena rock.  Record-Release-Tour-Repeat.  While there is a lot of great arena rock songs that I like, unfortunately, few of them belong to Journey.  Yet their reign as the kings of the pre-hair band days have ensured they receive massive airplay on classic rock and variety radio today…. in particular that abomination that has become their signature song “Don’t Stop Believin’.”  It just makes me dislike the group even more…

Oh, by the way…. there’s South Detroit over there. It’s called Windsor, Ontario.

But, unlike Nirvana (another Merby fave), at least Journey does have a few salvageable songs…. just not ones you’re gonna hear much on the radio these days.  When the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced late last year, I made an offhand comment to Merby that if Journey got elected, I would feature one of their songs on the DVA.  I didn’t figure there was much chance of that happening since Journey is one of those commercially successful bands that actually play rock and roll music that the R&RHoF seems to always pass over in favor of unknown R&B acts, random musical pioneers, and rappers.

For those about to rock, we salute you, yo!

But Journey was selected, and they will get their official induction this coming Friday.  So here is a Journey song that I actually like, and of course, one that seems to have been lost to time.  From Journey’s 1986 last gasp Raised on Radio, here’s the #17 hit “Girl Can’t Help It”…

If you’d like to see the live performance video of that song that passed for the official music video, knock yourself out here.

And if you do watch that video, you may see a familiar non-Journey face.  This song briefly emerged from the rubble of forgottendom during the American Idol heyday of a decade ago because that show’s most irrelevant original judge, Randy Jackson, played bass both on the album and tour for Raised on Radio.  Too bad lead vocalist Steve Perry essentially quit on the band halfway through that tour and effectively brought an end to Journey as we came to know them.  Dawg, you delayed Randy’s shot at fame and fortune by 15 years!

This screenshot is utterly appalling for many, many reasons.

I’ll be back with another earworm that you’ll welcome with open arms next Monday…


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37 Responses to The Hall of Lame

  1. Lol Seems to me like divine intervention just hit you a good snap lol It that 1 – 0 to Mer then 🙂

  2. Today is a day for sick puppies and the tax man. Not a day for me for music. But just wanted to say “hi” haven’t forgot you!

  3. crimsonowl63 says:

    Of all things! I haven’t been around and I come back to this awful crapola. Mer and I “discuss” this group from time to time with me just saying NO over and over. Absolutely despise Steve Perry’s voice so that leaves out liking a lot of their songs. Now that they are going in the Rock Hall not sure I can go again and I live 20 min away. I do agree with you on that terrible Don’t Stop Believin’, but couldn’t even listen to this one either since I have heard it before. Love your Monday posts. HATE journey. Ick

  4. I like Journey, but then I’m a child of the 70’s (graduated high school in ’77). I saw them live ages ago.

    • Outside of the overplayed anthems, their music isn’t bad… but it doesn’t really stand out to me. I totally get that, though, even if I consider the music of my high school days (The early 90’s) to be the worst ever…

  5. Piglove says:

    Snorts!!! Winner winner chicken dinner – mom/dad *have* heard of this one. Too fun my evil friend. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. Now I’m hungry. Did someone mention chicken?

  6. Perry’s voice makes me grit my teeth……and I’m afraid I simply can’t bear to hear that abominable “Believing” song EVER again. I listened to the first bit of “Girl Can’t Help It” until that voice started up then I – well – you know. ANYWAY, thanks for the partial earworm. Partial is all I can take of Journey. Sorry Merby. I’m sure it’s a generational thing as I’m older that most dirt.


    • Merbear74 says:

      No offense taken. All in good fun. 🙂

    • Ha! That’s two people who can’t stand Steve Perry’s voice. I didn’t realize he had that effect on people. The good news is that Journey will never have a song in the DVA again! The bad news is……….. Steve Perry might!

      • Yeah well that will make a lot of people happy – and I have learned how to grit my teeth and smile at the same time…… 🙂 years of practice.

  7. Trisha says:

    Because I liked a couple of Journey songs, I always thought I liked Journey. Then I listened to their greatest hits album (once and never again!) and realized I guess I don’t so much. Don’t Stop Believin’ is one of the ones I do like though! I think it’s probably more about memories associated with it than the actual song though.

    • Don’t Stop Believin’ probably wouldn’t be a bad song if I didn’t have to hear it all the time. It’s like The Outfield’s “Your Love” and the B-52’s “Love Shack”….. radio needs to give those songs a rest! There was a lot more music in the 80’s than just Bryan Adams horrible Summer of 69!

  8. ody N biskit….oh kay, sew journey haza few toonez we can listen two, nirvana az well… but then de food gurl comez frum de Led Zep era….who bye de way…. N this will start a fite…can kick de Rolling Stonez azzez ….just sayin !! ☺☺♥♥

    • Led Zep has their die hard fan base. I think I might like them more if I could identify their songs with a title. I swear Robert Plant had to be stoned when he named some of their songs…

  9. Merbear74 says:

    Well, holy cornhole, look at this! My dear Journey, being inducted to the Rock Hall and you feature the one song by them that I don’t really like. Why couldn’t it be “Wheel in the Sky?” or “Separate Ways?” Huh?
    Seriously, I knew deep down that Journey would be inducted one sweet day. Cause I didn’t stop believin’…. 😛

    • Ha! I could have almost guessed you’d say that you didn’t like this song! Wheel isn’t that bad, but I don’t consider it a lost hit. Separate Ways is OK too, but that God-awful video they made for it turned it into a cult classic. It could be that I like this song so much because I always have to sing it as \The Squirrel Can’t Help It….

  10. Ladybuggz says:

    I like Journey, but I totally disagree with that picture of “Beaver”! Oh, even if you live so close to the Canadian Border, your video of Journey said ” Not Available in Canada” I’m so disappointed!
    😦 , I guess I’m going to UTube ! 😉

  11. Holly says:

    Journey. Ugh. Yes, even for their supposedly “good” songs.

  12. draliman says:

    Phew, another one not available in the UK. Dodged a bullet there!

  13. TechBook says:

    . Don’t Stop Believin’ probably wouldn’t be a bad song if I didn’t have to hear it all the time.

  14. markmhamann says:

    . That’s two people who can’t stand Steve Perry’s voice.

  15. . There was a lot more music in the 80’s than just Bryan Adams horrible Summer of 69!

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