Man! I can not believe how long it’s been since we’ve done a Song of the Week! It was last year even! Although, truth be told, your friendly neighborhood jman was considering doing a song of the week for Pharrell’s “Happy” about a month or so ago. But…hey! Thank god I didn’t right?!?! Looking back at it now, how bad would that have been? How dated would that have been on my part? And how sick of that song are we all now?
I mean, I still dig it and all. But, that’s just me.
Anyway, for this addition of Song of the Week, I’m gonna go classic rock on your ass. I’m talking total AOR (that’s what we in the biz call “album oriented rock”). I’m talking 1977. I’m talking self titled debut. I’m talking bell bottoms and guitar gods. Get ready to let your late 70’s freak flag fly…I’m talking “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner.
God! That was one helluva build up!
Do yourself a solid, though. Don’t listen to the radio edit. Please!!!!! Don’t listen to the radio edit. The “Ben FM” radio station of your city still plays the radio edit of this song. You gotta listen to the track off the disc (that’s why it’s called album oriented rock. Duh). The radio edit cuts out two of the best parts of the song. The first one is the little drum stutter eight seconds in. You might think it’s hysterical, the way I cut you down it’s just a drum stutter (or whatever they call that in the drumming biz), but it totally sets the tone for the song.
But, the really best part? That begins around 2:58 and ends around 3:12. I believe those in the music biz might call that the “bridge” of the song. Whatever it is…between the guitar work, the drums and Lou Gramm pleading to open up the door…god! It’s the best!
And they flippin cut it out in the radio edit! Stupid! Just to save 14 seconds! I know a better way they can save some time…stop playing Bieber’s music! You can save a shitload of time that way!
Btw…that youtube performance I included up above? Totally lip synced. I’d wager all my children that was not a “live” performance. Did you catch the way Lou Gramm was hitting that tambourine, though? Damn! Lip sync’d or naught, he played that thing like he was totally teaching it a lesson!
A new show is just around the corner! In the meantime, best catch yourself up on the latest episode…there’s gonna be a quiz!
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