Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. This has been a good countdown so far. So let’s Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and continue the countdown.
This is one of my favorite Bob Seger songs. This is one of those misunderstood songs. It is not a patriotic song. It is about cocaine abuse. In an interview with the New York Times, Seger said, “I wrote it after reading ‘Wired,’ Bob Woodward’s biography of John Belushi. That was two and a half years ago, when there was a lot of publicity about cocaine abuse in show business. At the time, I thought that it was just a trend that would quickly die out and that the song would be out of date when it came time to record. But the situation has gotten worse. Maybe cocaine isn’t quite as fashionable on the East and West Coasts these days, but the plague has spread into the heartland — into the Middle West and the South. The key line in ‘American Storm’ is ‘You never feel the need.’ You never feel anything when you’re on drugs. You’re numb. You’re afraid to feel for one reason or another, and that’s why you turn to drugs. I want to see people not do that.”
I loved Janet Jackson. But, whenever I hear this song, this is the first thing that comes to mind [keep in mind that this is Eddie Murphy. So if you’re listening at work, make sure your headphones don’t pop out]:
That wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m really liking this countdown so far! What do you think. Do you have any favorite songs so far. Any surprises you forgot about? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown!
New Jersey native Robert Tepper, had some early success in the music-writing department as he paired with fellow singer Benny Mardones to write Mardones’ hit ballad “Into the Night,” which earned them a Grammy Awards nomination. In 1985, Tepper signed a recording contract with Scotti Brothers and moved to Los Angeles. Sylvester Stallone heard Tepper’s song “No Easy Way Out,” and liked it so much that he included it in the Rocky IV movie and soundtrack. It made the Top 40 charts, peaking at #22 on March 29, 1986.
Unfortunately Robert Tepper was unable to capitalize on this success as he released two solo albums for Scotti Bros. Records but both albums received little promotion from the label. He went on to join the classic hard rock group “Iron Butterfly” for a few years.
Let’s Return to the mid-80s action movie soundtrack music of Robert Tepper, from the awesome Rocky IV soundtrack, “No Easy Way Out”: