I’ll be sharing one of my favorite Power Ballads, each day on Facebook and on this blog, from now until February 14th. I think of these songs as the Valentine’s Day equivalent of Christmas Carols. I call it A Fortnight From The Heart.
Day 5: “Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
This is really one of my favorite Power Ballads ever. You’ve got the voice of JOURNEY just shouting during the verses, and then using those golden pipes we’d already grown to love to wail during the choruses. The song is undeniably catchy, and has some really sporadic distorted chords thrown in for extra fun. Also, this song was written for Perry’s actual girlfriend, who is actually named Sherrie (and is actually in the music video). By the way, the music video is hilariously elaborate, strangely meta, is way too long, and shows Steve Perry being a dick to the video’s “director”—so, worth a watch.
This song was the primary hit from Perry’s first solo album, which went double platinum, and was released while he was still in Journey (what a champ!). He was the singer for Journey during their most successful period of time, too, and it’s no wonder why: he’s got one of the best voices in rock history. Brian May said Perry has “a voice in a million”; Jon Bon Jovi said Perry has “The Voice” (yeah, capitalized); music critics and writers agree that Steve Perry has one of the most important voices of 80s rock. So I’m gonna go listen to this song 10 more times.