Watch out Streetlight People. The tale I tell below is a sad and frightening one filled with many links to Ryan Seacrest (the spiritual son of Dick Clark, my long time personal choice as the Anti-Christ) and American Idol. I bring it up only because our very survival as a species depends on it.
Journey was without a doubt the most popular band in my high school – I graduated in 1984. I hated them then and well, I pretty much still hate them now. I was the guy who would deal with his depression by making the jukebox play The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” 16 times in a row to personally infest everyone within hearing range with my disgust for my current station in life. I pretty much still am, but now it costs a lot more than $4.00 to pull off.
As a fairly conscious watcher of pop culture, I have to ask the following, “Did I miss the ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ meeting”? Was there a big gathering at the docks one night where it was resolved that this Journey staple would suddenly become more prevalent and certainly more beloved than the National Anthem? Could there be a wannabe Hitler out there somewhere in the heartland drilling it into his young, gullible acolytes' heads that “Don’t Stop Believing” is the song that will catapult us forward through this new millennium?
Is Randy Jackson (the American Idol, one not Michael’s brother) now so powerful that having somehow convinced the nation that he was once in Journey, he is now trying to convince us that Journey was and is now bigger than the Beatles? (By the way, I refuse to believe that Randy was ever really in Journey. Every time they show a photo or video from that era it looks like the obviously fake ones they showed on Saturday Night Live to prove that Eddie Murphy had once been unceremoniously kicked out of the Fab Four.)
David Chase used the song to weirdly and unsatisfactorily end his magisterial and infinitely respected HBO series The Sopranos. This I believe to have been the first seed in the Anti-Christ’s plan to have this song take over the world. How else but through the work of Satan could one possibly believe that the ending to that many years of intense buildup would be Tony eats onion rings with his family at a local diner?