I’m taking a twist with this week’s song selection and choosing one of my all-time favorite songs with a dark tone. Thankfully, I haven’t dealt with something of this nature before, but the haunting melody combined with the aggressive back beat, enhanced by the instrumentation that’s unique to Firefall, lures me in and consumes me entirely. I can’t get enough of this tune … the words were never plain … strange way, indeed.
In 1978, Firefall brought in producer Tom Dowd, who had worked with the Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton among many others, to produce their third album Elan, recording some at Criteria and some at L.A.'s Record Plant. The members of Firefall and Dowd got along well personally but they had conflicting musical visions. The differences were apparently noticeable enough that the band's new management, with help from their new friend Mick Fleetwood, pressured the record label into letting the band rework the album. This put Firefall in debt with the label, and within the year they parted ways with their new management. The production team of Ron and Howard Albert were brought in to finish the record. Elan, released in October 1978, was a massive success, and it became their first album to reach Platinum status. The hit single "Strange Way" continued the band's commercial hot streak.