Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
Regarding "Strange Way", I couldn't agree with you more. IMO, it sounds as good today as when it was released (1978). I cannot say the same thing about the their two "signature" tracks, which sound dated, but I must admit that I've reached the point where I can actually tolerate "Just Remember I Love You".
You also brought up an excellent point about the "power" of songs -- that it has nothing to do with how guitar-driven a song is; it is/was considered Rock from the AOR standpoint. "Strange Way" -- which still gets the shaft from Classic Rock radio today (The "oldies" radio format isn't the same as "Classic Rock"; not even close) -- and "Headed For A Fall" are about as powerful as they come.
Even so, Firefall, from a Rock Radio standpoint, would most likely be relegated to AAA (Adult Album Alternative) today, along with Jude Cole and Lifehouse. All of which points to my chief tenet regarding this thread: Today's Rock music is actually as diverse now as it was during the AOR format's heyday, but today, one has to listen to at least four radio stations for the same content as a one could hear from one Rock station years ago. Simply put, today's sub-genered Commercial Rock Stations don't reflect Rock's diversity well at all.
The thing that is great about what you do here is that you put forth some stuff that a lot of folks dismiss.
For someone like me who just loves music- the bigger the tent, the better. Firefall is one of those bands where we they make an easy target because they are basically thrown to the soft rock stations because of the lighter hits you mention. For me, those songs are wonderful. I don't demand that every song i like be cutting edge hard hitting thrashing rock and roll.
Strange Way is one of those songs that bucks conventionality- as I stated it's a bit darker and there's lots happening. I always loved the stacatto strings that sound like morse code during the chorus. I had forgotten about the song until we started playing the ultra lite rock station at work and it popped up there. It's out of place because for me its edge could put it right alongside the classic rock stuff, but hey, it's Firefall, they sang Just Remember I Love You, so let's play it alongside Silly Love Songs...
Anyhoo, keep up the great work here. Always good to hear some of the stuff that gets forgotten. If I could post a Youtube video I'd join but i can't figure it out....