“Hey, are you wardrobe for this Donnie Iris video shoot today? Awesome. Here’s what we need: a yellow tux, an hour of that pretty office manager lady’s time, and some pink culottes. Can you get that together in an hour?”
I’m always stunned when my iPod throws this Donnie Iris classic at me from the shuffle. Stunned and thrilled, actually. Hatched in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Iris was a “rock star” in Cleveland and the surrounding Midwest — horrible hair, weird teeth and all. It’s true: There was once a time when AOR was independently-minded and regional enough that songs could be local hits. The olden days!
Today, singing a few bars of this to any Midwesterner of a certain age bracket will bring about a hearty sing-along, but in the interest of spreading it farther, please enjoy it here. In the meantime, I’ll continue to kid myself that Cleveland’s Michael Stanley Band had a huge national hit with “He Can’t Love You.”