About the Song:
After three albums with more progressive leanings, Journey veered more toward mainstream rock with their 1978 album, Infinity. The band owed much of their new-found audience to the arrival of new frontman, Steve Perry. “Wheel in the Sky,” “Anytime,” and “Lights” were all minor hits at the time – none reached the top 40 of the Billboard pop charts – but have since become staples at classic-rock radio.
It propelled the album to #21 and triple platinum status, the first of six consecutive Journey studio albums to achieve multi-platinum status. That certainly raised the bar for next album, 1979’s Evolution, but Journey stepped up to the challenge. The lead single, “Just the Same Way,” and third single, “Too Late,” had similar success to the singles from Infinity in that they charted on Billboard’s Hot 100, but failed to reach the top 40. The middle single, however, was the big step forward.
“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” was the second single from the album and not only gave Journey its first taste of the top 40, but the top 20. The song was written solely by Steve Perry, although the band’s future hits were typically co-writes between him and/or guitarist Neal Schon and future keyboardist Jonathan Cain.
This is “a gut-wrenching tale of love-gone-wrong, with the desperate opening lines, ‘You make me weep, I wanna die,’ and an extended fade of ‘na na’s as there are no more words to describe the pain.” SF “Perry didn’t make this stuff up…this was a true story. He watched through the window as his girlfriend at the time got out of a Corvette and gave the driver a long, loving kiss goodbye. He calls this song ‘love justice.’” SF
First posted 7/8/2022.
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