Favorite "Strange" Songs #3 - "Perfect Strangers"

@teamfreak16 (41175)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 15, 2017 11:45am CST
A bit strange, this one, and I'm not talking about the title. Songs with "strange," or variations, in the title is the theme of this particular music series, and we are at #3: "Perfect Strangers" by Deep Purple. The 1984 album, Perfect Strangers, was a reunion of the classic Deep Purple lineup: vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice, the same roster that brought you "Smoke on the Water." The first of two singles from the album, "Perfect Strangers" performed decently enough, reaching #12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #48 in the UK, and #45 in France. What's so strange about it, you ask? It is one of only a handful of Deep Purple songs without a guitar solo from Blackmore, who, despite this, has called it his favorite song by the band. And if it's good enough for Ritchie Blackmore, it's good enough for me. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Music video by Deep Purple performing Perfect Strangers. (C) 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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@andriaperry (56049)
• United States
15 Sep 17
Love me some deep purple!
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Sep 17
Me too. What a great band.
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• United States
15 Sep 17
Yes they were fantastic the old Deep Purple. I never got to see them.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Sep 17
Me neither. A friend of mine once drove from Denver to Kansas City to see them.
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@JolietJake (51116)
• United States
15 Sep 17
They could've stretched the outro another minute or two, love that...
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Sep 17
That would've been great had they done that. Epic.
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@JohnRoberts (61074)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Sep
I missed this one.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Sep
It was the title track of their comeback album back in the 80's.
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@Tracy04 (10823)
• Malaysia
17 Sep 17
Deep purple!
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 Sep 17
Yep, I'm glad you like them.
@dgobucks226 (13217)
16 Sep 17
I like Deep Purple! My first 45 was "Hush."
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Sep 17
"Hush" is great. These guys put out so much great music, and all a lot of people know is one guitar riff. Sad.
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@TRBRocks420 (80985)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Sep 17
Awesome song Deep Purple rocks! I also love the TV show perfect strangers.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Sep 17
That was a funny show.
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@FourWalls (14639)
• United States
15 Sep 17
Ritchie: "whew, don't have to worry about missing notes in my guitar solo!" (Yeah, like that happened after he was six or seven....)
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Sep 17
I've heard that if he breaks a string, he can restring it and tune it onstage. Don't know if it's true or not.
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@FayeHazel (19053)
• United States
15 Sep 17
It's always fun to learn which songs were the band's favorites
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Sep 17
It's interesting to find out their least favorite as well.
16 Sep 17
deep purple
@crossbones27 (20780)
• Redlands, California
15 Sep 17
Interesting, even punk rock has guitar solos, they only 5 seconds long, but they are there. I have never noticed this did not have a guitar solo. Shows my lack of observation at times. Thanks for pointing that out. I like subtle things like this. Little things like that that separates them from others. To be fair, they have a solo, but take it that is not Blackmore. Still would have never figured that out on my own.