Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whitesnake - Love Ain't No Stranger

"Love Ain't No Stranger" was the first Whitesnake song to make a dent in the U.S. market, reaching #34 on the Mainstream Rock charts.  However, this was soon overshadowed by "Slow An' Easy" (posted on ERV in August 2011), which reached #17 on the same charts.

Both songs were off the poorly titled 1984 LP Slide It In, which turned out to be Whitesnake's breakthrough album in the important U.S. market; the album reached #42 in the U.S. and eventually went double platinum.  As we have previously mentioned on ERV, it was around this time that lead singer David Coverdale began to focus more intently on commercial success, which resulted in significant turnover among the other members of the band.  This also led to an increased focus on videos.

The video for "Love Ain't No Stranger" intercuts the band playing with Coverdale watching girls on trucks at an army base.  No, it doesn't make much sense to me, either.  The video is quite rare though, and the song is a solid, somewhat forgotten power ballad.

Whitesnake would go on to have huge success on their eponymous next album in 1987,  and Coverdale continues to use the Whitesnake name to record and perform as of this writing.



Cool trivia fact:  Whitesnake's first charting single on the U.S. pop charts (the Billboard 200), "Here I Go Again '87" went to #1.

2 comments:

  1. Not a Big Whitesnake fan.
    This is one fun video. Rare indeed.
    I had to laugh at the "Slide It In" comment.
    My Girl Friend found no offense to the title.
    I DID! Ha Ha! She was diggn' on that "Heavy Metal"
    Damn, I was ROCKIN To that L.A. Rock
    Faster Pussycat, Sea Hags, Pretty Boy Floyd etc...
    Whitesnake Only song I Thought was Great was "Slow And Easy"
    Love Your Site And All The Great Songs
    All The Best,
    -Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam, appreciate the comments.

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