from the album Damn Yankees (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 18
Today's song of the day comes from the Damn Yankees, a hard rock "supergroup" made up of 70s guitar lunatic Ted Nugent, Styx co-lead singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's co-lead singer/bassist Jack Blades, and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band released their self-titled first album together in 1990, with the uptempo but still restrained rock of "Coming Of Age", which despite sounding more Nelson than Nugent, topped the Mainstream Rock radio chart, and climbed to #60 on the pop Hot 100. Another rock radio single, "Come Again", followed, which went to #5 on the rock radio list in the summer of 1990. But it was the third release, "High Enough", that got mainstream pop radio on board. A by-the-numbers power-ballad written by Shaw, Blades, and Nugent, it was like a continuation of Night Ranger lighter-raisers like "Sentimental Street" and "Sister Christian"...
"High Enough" became Damn Yankees' biggest pop hit, climbing into the top three in January of 1991. The song also spent a week at #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single was a top-40 success in Canada (#12) and New Zealand (#24), and was a minor hit in the UK (#81).
While "High Enough" was climbing the pop radio chart, another track from the debut album, "Runaway", reached the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock list (#9), followed by "Bad Reputation" (#31). After the success of the power-ballad, they re-released "Come Again", which went to #50 on the pop Hot 100 in the U.S.
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Here's the band on tour in 1992...
...and finally, Shaw and Blades together in 2009 acoustically...
Up tomorrow: New Wave band's organs can travel.