Concrete Blonde – “Joey” – (1990)

“Joey” was the biggest single from Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Concrete Blonde. The belted chorus of “Joey if you’re hurting so am I” (or whatever it changes to after subsequent verses) may sound somewhat familiar when you hear it come from the somewhat raspy vocal chords of Johnette Napolitano – even if it doesn’t in text. It was a top 20 on the Hot 100 and a #1 on the Modern Rock chart. Does it sound like it came from the 1980s? You betcha.

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