One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1989 – Sheriff

“When I’m with You” by Sheriff

Canadian group, Sheriff released their self-titled debut (and only) album in 1982. “When I’m with You” was released off of the album, and made the top 10 in Canada in 1983, and only reached #61 in the U.S. The album was very good, including some very good songs like “You Remind Me” and “California“. However, the band broke up in 1985 before they could release another album.

Then in 1988, a disc jockey in Las Vegas began playing “When I’m with You”, and other stations followed.
This encouraged Capitol Records to re-release the song as a single. On February 4, 1989, “When I’m with You” hit number one in the United States. They were able to do it without releasing a music video!

This prompted Sheriff lead singer Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi to try to reform the band. But Lanni and Hassel declined, and continued to work with Frozen Ghost until they split up in 1993. However, Curci and DeMarchi started a new group called Alias.

Alias had a successful 1990 debut album scoring hits with the power ballad “More Than Words Can Say” (#2), as well as “Waiting For Love” (#13) and “Haunted Heart” (#18 on Mainstream Rock Charts). They also recorded the song “Perfect World” for the Christina Applegate film, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead.

Then, like most of our favorite ’80s rock bands, Alias faded away when Nirvana and the rest of the grunge movement took over rock music in the ’90s.

So, let’s Return to the good ole ’80s, hold up our lighters, and listen to Freddy Curci’s soaring vocals in Sheriff’s smash hit, “When I’m with You”.

6 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1989 – Sheriff”


    Those were the days when a single DJ in one town could put an old song back into heavy rotation and make it a hit. It wouldn’t compute with today’s pre-programmed focus-group-inspired formats.


    1. I have all of Sheriff’s and Alias’ songs on my iPod. I loved them. So, you think this couild be a hit once again if it was released as “When I’m With You” by Sheriff (feat. Pitbull)?


  2. These songs got me right in the heart. I love Freddy Curci’s voice. It’s so romantic and intense. I wish they were still performing. Their music brings so much emotion

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    1. I know! I love his voice! I wish he would do more. Alias had a great album in 2009 called Never Say Never, that is the last one they released so far. They are still together, so it would be nice for them to do another album.


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