I’m not sure why I hate that song so much, but I do. It’s not even like I can’t stand Tom Cochrane or anything either. He’s done a lot of stuff that I really like, just that song gets on my fucking nerves for some reason that I can’t really put my finger on. It’s not because they overplayed it and believe me, they did. Not sure about in other countries but here it was one of those songs that got radio play on the level of just about every shitty pop song today on corporate radio stations and this was back in an era where things weren’t nearly as bad as they are now.
It’s not because I’m just trying to be cool by hating things that everybody else seems to like, I’m above that. I’m all about hating things because they deserve to be hated, things like Life Is A Highway for instance. But I’m starting to think that somebody out there hates me. I just changed the station to get away from this song about 5 minutes ago and after the big commercial break, what do you think comes on? Yeah, it’s that.
I don’t even hate it because it’s a repetitive annoying song, which it is. Maybe it’s just too happy or something. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about happy party songs but there’s a direct link between happy songs and their annoyance level that somebody really needs to study to help out future generations of musicians.
I can’t even say that it’s a case of just getting sick of a song that never used to bother me. Even when this song first came out, I hated it. It bugged the shit out of me for the same unexplainable reasons. I guess the more things change, the more Life Is A Highway still sucks.
So the bottom line is that I’ve written all this, wasted everybody’s time including my own and I’m still struggling to figure out why I can’t stand this damn song. At least now more people know how I feel which I suppose is really the point when I stop and think about it. And hey, if you’re another Highway Hater at least now you know that you’re not alone. I’m with you, brothers and sisters! We’ll never be able to unite and vanquish this song from the universe but it can still be heartening to know that there are more of us out there, even in a mad mad world where people like crap. Remember, no matter what they try to force on us, we’ll never be washed away, we’ll refuse to sink like a sunset and I’m not sure about the rest of you, but for that, I have no regrets.