Here’s your ticket to some of the best (or, perhaps, most infamous) 7″ singles ever released! No adapter is required, although in my opinion the device pictured below is right up there with the Sony Walkman as one of the best inventions of the 20th century.
If you were anywhere near a TV with cable in the summer of 1984, you’ll remember this lovely young lady:
Of course, that is Sherrie Swafford. THE Sherrie. Steve Perry’s girlfriend. Both the star (of the video) and subject of Perry’s solo smash “Oh Sherrie.” She still makes my knees weak.
Steve and Sherrie’s relationship didn’t last, but it did leave us with Perry’s biggest hit as a solo artist. “Oh Sherrie” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1984, and helped propel Street Talk to sales of over two million copies.
Street Talk was produced by former Doors and Love producer Bruce Botnick, and its retro-pop/R&B sound was quite different from the music Journey had been making up to that point. The album spawned three other Top 40 hits: “She’s Mine,” Foolish Heart,” and “Strung Out.” A lot of my fellow Journey fans found the different sound of Street Talk a little hard to swallow, but I really admired Perry for doing something different on his first solo outing. Street Talk was one of the first ten discs that I purchased after I first acquired a CD player during Christmas of 1985, and it’s an album that I still listen to at least a few times every year.
The b-side of “Oh Sherrie” is a non-album track entitled “Don’t Tell Me Why You’re Leavin’,” and it would have fit beautifully on Street Talk. Like “Oh Sherrie,” “Don’t Tell Me Why You’re Leavin'” was co-written by Craig Krampf, a former bandmate of Perry’s from his pre-Journey days.
Sherrie and Steve…ain’t they cute?
Steve Perry: Oh Sherrie [U.S. 7″]
Columbia Records, 1984
A-side: “Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry/Bill Cuomo/Randy Goodrum/Craig Krampf)
B-side: “Don’t Tell Me Why You’re Leavin'” (Steve Perry/Danny Kortchmar/Craig Krampf)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Steve Perry: “Foolish Heart” (Steve Perry/Randy Goodrum)
Steve Perry: “She’s Mine” (Steve Perry/Randy Goodrum)
Steve Perry: “Strung Out” (Craig Krampf/Steve Perry/Billy Steele)
From the album Street Talk
Columbia Records, 1984
The Doors: “Riders On The Storm” (The Doors)
From the album L.A. Woman
Elektra Records, 1971
Love: “Alone Again Or” (Bryan MacLean)
From the album Forever Changes
Elektra Records, 1967