Friday Evening Videos: “Midnight Blue”

Tonight’s video selection isn’t particularly significant, and I have no particular memory or anecdote associated with it. I just like the song:

Lou Gramm was, of course, the lead singer for one of the biggest bands of the classic-rock era, Foreigner. But like so many leads from bands that peaked creatively in the late ’70s and early ’80s, including Steve Perry of Journey, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, and especially Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Gramm felt the need to go solo for a while in the late ’80s. He scored a couple of hits from two solo albums, of which this single — “Midnight Blue” — was the biggest, charting at number one on the Billboard charts for five weeks in the spring of 1987. As I said, I have no specific memory associated with it, but the melodic guitar and propulsive bassline always appealed to me on a purely sonic level, and hearing it now reminds me of a time and a general emotional background state.

For the record, I don’t recall ever seeing the video before this afternoon, so the imagery of a brooding, leather-jacketed young man in a long red convertible had nothing to do with me liking this tune. Any resemblance to my persona at the age I was when this song came out is purely coincidental…