- One of the most popular songs on MP3.com lately is the track “Corporate America” by a band called Downer’s Revenge. The song has been Number Two on the site’s Progressive Rock Chart for two weeks, and while you’ve likely never heard of Downer’s Revenge, you do know who it is–it’s Boston. “Corporate America” is the title track to the group’s fifth album, due October 29 from Artemis Records.
Boston leader Tom Scholz gave LAUNCH the lowdown on the track. “I had this song, ‘Corporate America,’ and I wanted to get it to colleges. And experts told me that there was no way Boston was gonna get on Internet file sharing or on the modern, progressive rock charts. So I decided that what we would do is, we’d release this song to the Internet, got it onto MP3.com under the name ‘Downer’s Revenge.’ Of course, it was a shock to me that it went from zero to Number Two on the Progressive Rock Chart in, like, four days–but a pleasant shock.”
“Corporate America” was co-written by Scholz and new Boston guitarist Anthony Cosmo, the 29-year-old son of Boston singer Fran Cosmo.
A shock indeed. I haven’t heard the track but the last time Boston didn’t suck, Jimmy Carter was president.