For the past several months, we have been talking about singles that I found at this cool place called House of Vinyl down in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Well, this is not one of them. But it is from that same trip. I found this in a little antique store just down the road. I bought a lot of singles on that trip and I love them all.
“High on You” by Survivor was the second single of their album ‘Vital Signs’, which is the VERY FIRST CD I ever bought with my own money!! So that album holds a special place in my heart. The single was release in December 1984 and was written by the writing partners of Survivor, Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik. The song went to #8 on the Billboard charts and help the album go platinum and reach #16 on the Charts as well.
The song title had been sitting with Peterik since 1977 when we was at CBS Convention. At the show, Sly and the Family Stone was performing and Sly was so stoned that when he ran out on stage, he told everyone that he said “I want you to know people, I’m high on you”. (from Songfacts). That wasn’t the only thing he was high on. Survivor liked to jam a lot and the song itself came about from one of those jam sessions.
The version of the 7″ Single I have is the U.S. version and is standard version. The version on the single is the album version and not a different edit. The B-Side is a song called “Everlasting” and is also the album version. The songs and album were produced by famed producer Ron Nevison who had worked with UFO, The Babys and would go on to work with Ozzy and Europe to name just a couple of the bands.
The song is about love at first sight or maybe lust. Simple as that. He meets a girl at one of the shows (possibly a groupie or just a fan) and by the end of the song, they’d done it and he is high on her love. I love how the lyrics “Let me tell you about the girl I “Met” last night” and later it changes to the “girl I “Had” last night”.
The song is a pure pop magic filled with great guitar work and driving synth riffs. A solid drum beat and bass line keep the rhythm section keep the song moving forward. But the key thing for me is that voice. The late, great Jimi Jamison had one of the best voices in music, period!! One of the few artist at the time that could give Steve Perry a run for his money. His soaring vocals were so captivating and mesmerizing, you couldn’t help fall in love with anything he sang. He is one of those singers that could sing the phone book and you wouldn’t care. Listen for yourself…
The B-Side was a song called “Everlasting” and is a power ballad. It is sweet and all, but not one of their best ballads. It has the power in some great guitar work as the solo is pretty killer and some nice drum fills are thrown in throughout, but there is something missing from putting this one over the top. Some of the verses are a little weak and it overall is too derivative of ballads at the time. However, it has Jimi singing so you do get lost in it as a result. Did I say how great he was? I am sure I had to mention that before.
And there you have it. Check back next week while we discuss a 12″ Single in my collection.