Today’s selection, in honor of drummer/singer Kelly Keagy’s 58th birthday, is “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger:
Night Ranger is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion is one of the most underrated. “Sister Christian” is their most successful song as it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single came off of the album Midnight Madness, and was released in 1984. The song was written and sung by Kelly Keagy. The song is about Keagy’s little sister, Christy. He wrote the song after visiting his hometown, and seeing how fast his teenaged sister, 10 years younger than he, was growing up. The original title was “Sister Christy,” but the rest of the band thought Keagy was singing “Sister Christian,” so that became the title.
There was controversy about the lyric “You’re motoring. What’s your price for flight? In finding Mr. Right?”. in a VH-1 Behind the Music interview, the band said that the term “motoring” was synonymous with the term “cruising.” Cruising can be meant as driving around slowly, socializing with friends, or it can mean driving around looking for people to pick up for casual sex. When Keagy visited his family he heard second hand about his sister cruising for a man to casually sleep with. After verifying this with her he was shocked about how fast she was growing up, so he wrote the song.