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Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby tater1977 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:12 am

Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

'Tribute to his real-life girlfriend kickstarted the Journey frontman's brief solo career

By Andy Greene

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/video ... ie-w465472

The Medieval trumpet sounds at the beginning of the "Oh Sherrie" video signify the beginning of a royal wedding sometime in the distant past, but they also mark the launch of Steve Perry's brief, but memorable solo career. "Oh Sherrie" – the first single from his 1984 solo debut Street Talk – was written in honor of his real-life girlfriend Sherrie Swafford. In this post-Thriller era, music videos were getting increasingly elaborate, which Perry mocked by beginning the clip dressed as a prince in an ancient church before ripping the crown off and telling the director it had nothing to do with the song.

"What about the kidnapping of the princess?" asks the exacerbated director. "What about the flaming forest of doom scene? Steve, what about the battle to the death between good and evil?" If you ask us, this sounds like a pretty cool video. Also, maybe the time to object to all this is before sets are made, extras are hired and a small fortune has been set. A flaming forest of doom doesn't sound cheap. Didn't he see storyboards? The director flew over from England for God's sake.

The nutty video isn't the only thing bothering Perry this hectic morning. A publicist tells him she's set up some TV interviews, and she introduces him to Jackie from something called Video Rock Magazine. Jackie (who seems to come from the Aimee Mann school of fashion) has some pretty great color for her piece considering she just saw him walk off an expensive video set, but Perry doesn't even say hello.

As the publicist expressed some justifiable worries they're going over budget, Steve plops himself down on a stairwell and finally begins to sing "Oh Sherrie." It's a song about a tumultuous relationship, and he grips the banister in pain as he belts it out. But then suddenly the real-life Sherrie Swafford enters the picture. She sees Perry singing about how she'd be "better off alone" and pauses a bit, overwhelmed by the intensity of the moment. But as he begins begins playing a broom like a guitar Sherry is won back by that Perry charm and cracks a big smile. Meanwhile, Jackie from Video Rock (totally missing this great moment for her article) and the crew of the video are sitting around twirling their thumbs. Perry is thinking about nothing but Sherry though. The broom bit was enough to make up for all their past drama, and they walk off arm-in-arm, ignoring the shouted pleas of the director.

The song became a huge radio and MTV hit, rising to #3 on the Hot 100. Later that year, "Foolish Heart" reached #18. This must have seriously freaked out Journey, but two years later he came back to the band for Raised On Radio. In a gross violation of the Phil Collins/Genesis Rule (which states that solo songs must never get played at band concerts), Perry made them do "Oh Sherrie" on the supporting tour. Neal Schon probably played it through gritted teeth, but he likely felt lucky that Steve was willing to come back at all. When the tour ended Perry had the option of recording another solo album or continuing on with Journey. He opted to do neither, essentially disappearing for nearly a decade. He briefly returned in the mid-1990s for a solo album, a solo tour and a Journey album before vanishing once again.

For what it's worth, we have great sympathy for Jackie from Video Rock Magazine. We've tried to interview him about Journey's impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and pretty much got the same treatment. Journey is getting inducted in two months. The band has been very clear that they want to reunite with him for the evening, but Perry has given no indication that he's even coming, let alone singing "Don't Stop Believin'" with Journey for the first time in 30 years. If he was still dating Sherrie she might be able to talk him into it, but they broke up years ago. It turns out she was indeed better off alone.
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby tater1977 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:18 am

tater1977 wrote:
For what it's worth, we have great sympathy for Jackie from Video Rock Magazine. We've tried to interview him about Journey's impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and pretty much got the same treatment.


The way they treated him and the guys back then ... Karmas a bitch . :lol:
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby Lora » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:48 am

tater1977 wrote:
tater1977 wrote:
For what it's worth, we have great sympathy for Jackie from Video Rock Magazine. We've tried to interview him about Journey's impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and pretty much got the same treatment.


The way they treated him and the guys back then ... Karmas a bitch . :lol:


Yep. Sometimes I like karma.

This guy can't get an interview? Awwwww. boo-hoo :roll:
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby perryfan61 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:54 am

Lora wrote:
tater1977 wrote:
tater1977 wrote:
For what it's worth, we have great sympathy for Jackie from Video Rock Magazine. We've tried to interview him about Journey's impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and pretty much got the same treatment.


The way they treated him and the guys back then ... Karmas a bitch . :lol:


Yep. Sometimes I like karma.

This guy can't get an interview? Awwwww. boo-hoo :roll:



I'm sure they would like to interview band members...hope the guys tell them where to go.
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby tater1977 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:25 pm

Lora wrote:
tater1977 wrote:
tater1977 wrote:
For what it's worth, we have great sympathy for Jackie from Video Rock Magazine. We've tried to interview him about Journey's impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and pretty much got the same treatment.


The way they treated him and the guys back then ... Karmas a bitch . :lol:


Yep. Sometimes I like karma.

This guy can't get an interview? Awwwww. boo-hoo :roll:


Damn, hot coffee shot thru the nostrils...burns just a little.
LoL one of these days I'm going to learn, drinking liquids and reading MR
are DANGEROUS . :P
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby tater1977 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:35 am

In the comment section, of the article.

Paul F. • 7 hours ago

I produced this video for Steve (Jack Cole directed, Tom Grubbs was the DP) and yes were making fun of how music videos often were over the top and not related to the songs - something we were as guilty of as anyone else! We did three videos from the album, "Strung Out" was done as a "prequel" to "Oh Sherrie," and for "Foolish Heart" we thought, enough of this, let's make it all about that magnificent voice: one shot - camera moves from balcony of the theatre to the stage, around him and back again. Harder to do back then than today, BTW! And Steve was terrific to work with. Genuine nice guy and so talented.
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby perryfan61 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:50 am

tater1977 wrote:In the comment section, of the article.

Paul F. • 7 hours ago

I produced this video for Steve (Jack Cole directed, Tom Grubbs was the DP) and yes were making fun of how music videos often were over the top and not related to the songs - something we were as guilty of as anyone else! We did three videos from the album, "Strung Out" was done as a "prequel" to "Oh Sherrie," and for "Foolish Heart" we thought, enough of this, let's make it all about that magnificent voice: one shot - camera moves from balcony of the theatre to the stage, around him and back again. Harder to do back then than today, BTW! And Steve was terrific to work with. Genuine nice guy and so talented.


I read somewhere that at the end of the Foolish Heart video, Steve walks off camera, and meets up with the rest of the band. Supposed to show there were no hard feelings about his solo album. I've looked around, but could never find a video with that ending.
Just wondering if anyone else remembers it.
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby tater1977 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:03 pm

perryfan61 wrote:
tater1977 wrote:In the comment section, of the article.

Paul F. • 7 hours ago

I produced this video for Steve (Jack Cole directed, Tom Grubbs was the DP) and yes were making fun of how music videos often were over the top and not related to the songs - something we were as guilty of as anyone else! We did three videos from the album, "Strung Out" was done as a "prequel" to "Oh Sherrie," and for "Foolish Heart" we thought, enough of this, let's make it all about that magnificent voice: one shot - camera moves from balcony of the theatre to the stage, around him and back again. Harder to do back then than today, BTW! And Steve was terrific to work with. Genuine nice guy and so talented.


I read somewhere that at the end of the Foolish Heart video, Steve walks off camera, and meets up with the rest of the band. Supposed to show there were no hard feelings about his solo album. I've looked around, but could never find a video with that ending.
Just wondering if anyone else remembers it.



Steve Perry-Foolish Heart /Journey Holiday Greetings HD

https://youtu.be/Ze6AumdBFJE

To show fans he wasn't walking away from the mothership at the time.
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Re: Flashback: Steve Perry Declares His Love for 'Oh Sherrie

Postby perryfan61 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:58 pm

Why thank you very much tater......saved it so I can watch it again!! :D :D :D
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