"It should have been a hit." We've all said it about a favorite song that didn't attain the popularity it deserved. But not every good song should have been a hit; to argue otherwise is just to play a game called "what if the whole world shared my taste?" Not every good song is built for mass appeal, and those songs have nothing to be ashamed of.
This is a story about a song that really should have been a hit. I know because I saw it happen, albeit in a small market disconnected from any kind of national influence. Here's the story:
When I was a teenager, I had the privilege of working at and managing the nation's only student-run high school radio station, WBRH
. As you can see if you clicked the link, it now broadcasts jazz and blues, but when I was there in the early 80s, we played rock in the afternoons and evenings. When I became the student station manager in 1982, our core audience was a staunchly conservative group of classic rockers and metalheads: Led Zep, Black Sabbath, REO Speedwagon, etc. …