About the Song:
Journey released three albums in the mid-‘70s before taking off with 1978’s Infinity, thanks to songs like “Wheel in the Sky” and “Lights” which have become album-rock favorites. 1979’s Evolution followed, becoming the band’s highest charting album to-date at #20. The band also got to the top 40 on the Billboard charts for the first time with “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” at #16. The band reached even greater heights the next time out when 1980’s Departure landed them in the top 10. Journey logged two more top-40 hits with “Any Way You Want It” (#23) and “Walks Like a Lady” (#32).
In a review of “Any Way You Want It,” Cash Box said Journey had “tightened up the rhythm section” and that the song was paced by “short, smart drum shots and quick, choppy guitar licks.” WK The song is also marked by a double-tracked keyboard effect which came about when Gregg Rolie played a Mellotron in the studio, but it was defective so co-producer Geoff Workman corrected the sound and dbouled it with Rolie’s regular organ. SF
Lead singer Steve Perry said “Any Way You Want It” was inspired by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. Journey toured with them in July 1979 and Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott shared guitar-voice, guitar-voice rhyme scheme exercises with Perry and Journey guitarist Neal Schon.
The song was featured in a classic Rodney Dangerfield dance scene from 1980’s Caddyshack. The song was also used during a blooper reel for Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle. It was also used in a State Farm commercial with an agent telling a customer, “we’re here, anytime, anywhere, anyway you want it.” SF
First posted 7/8/2022.
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