The explosion of MTV’s “Unplugged” series, coupled with the arrival of hits like Extreme’s “More Than Words” and Queensryche’s “Silent Ludicity”, turned every former rocker into an acoustic-pickin’, harmony-singin’ sensitivo for a second in the early Nineties. As someone who rocks a little less hard than the average guy, this was music to my ears, and it led to my one and only moment of exposure to a band by the name of Saigon Kick.
“Love is on the Way” was a pretty big hit (reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the beginning of 1992), although (much like Extreme’s big hits) the song wasn’t indicative of the band’s usual sound. It was also a little odd for me, as I quite honestly don’t remember ever hearing the song on the radio in New York. However, I was a faithful listener to “American Top 40” at the time, and I managed to tape it off the radio (oh, the good old days) and over the years it’s turned into one of my favorite songs from the era. Great melody, great vocals, great harmonies. Do I have the urge to hear anything else by Saigon Kick? Probably not (unless one of you tells me that I should), but “Love is on the Way” remains one of the early Nineties’ most glorious one-shots.