Getting sentimental about Night Ranger

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Nightranger I've been doing a crash-course this week on Night Ranger and their 80s catalog. The band plays Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 19 (with Dennis DeYoung), and if all goes according to plan, I'll get a chance to introduce them on stage.

Likewise, podcast co-host Sean Daly and I are going to interview NR's Jack Blades (coolest name for a musician -- ever) for a show that would air before the concert.

So I downloaded their greatest hits CD on iTunes. And of course, "Sister Christian" is there -- basking in all its overplayed glory. But would that tune even make my top 5 list of Night Ranger tunes? No, not even close.

TOP 5 NIGHT RANGER TUNES OF THE 80s:

5. Don't Tell Me You Love Me: "I love the way that you shoot to kill me."

4. Rock in America: "She's goin' out she's gonna party tonight. She's gonna shake and make it last all night."

3. Sing Me Away: "What do you see when you look in the mirror? I see a face from the past, it's so clear."

2. Sentimental Street: "Saw you dancing out at Madame Wong's Two. You did those same two steps that I taught you back in June."

1. When You Close Your Eyes: "Angel come closer to me. I need a soul to bleed on."

Just missed the cut: Sister Christian, Rumors in the Air, Four in the Morning, Secret of My Success.

You know, come to think of it, I can't get enough of "Secret of my Success." A real guilty-pleasure, thanks to the movie with Michael J. Fox. (His best work of the 80s? No way. But it's no "Light of Day" either.)

So am I missing out on some sublime Night Ranger tune I've left off my list. And what questions would you fire off to Jack Blades?

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:27pm]

    

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