"I've seen it all from the bottom to the top!
Everywhere I go - the kids wanna rock!"
One of Canada
's most successful musicians, Bryan Adams entered the music industry as a songwriter in the late 1970s before achieving solo fame in The Eighties
. Initially marketed as a "Canadian Springsteen
", Adams developed his own distinctive melodic rock
beginning with his second album, "You Want It, You Got It".
In 1984, Adams became a global superstar with the release of his most successful album, Reckless
, which produced a number of hit singles, including the anthemic "Summer of 69" and the Power Ballad
In 1991, Adams teamed up with Robert John "Mutt" Lange
to record the album Waking Up The Neighbours
. During these sessions they wrote a new ballad for the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack
. Originally intended to be given to another artist, Adams released "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" himself, and it subsequently became ludicrously successful.
While his success has declined in America, Adams is still very popular in Europe and remains one of the most influential and best-selling Canadian artists of all time. Adams is also a very accomplished professional photographer.
Not to be confused with Ryan Adams
, nor with Brian Adams, aka Crush
- Award Bait Song: Starting with the Robin Hood song, he became well known for these.
- Best Years of Your Life/Love Nostalgia Song: "Summer of '69". In the chorus, he even says outright "Those were the best days of my life".
- Fun fact: he was 9 years old in 1969, so he took his nostalgia from somewhere else. (His co-writer, Jim Vallance, was 17.)
- British English: Adams says "bloody" in You Want It You Got It. The fact he has British parents may explain his choice of word, but it is still really weird to hear him sing it with his Canadian accent. Jim Vallance posted a picture of the original lyric sheet for the song on his website, which clearly says "fucking" instead of "bloody". So it may have been deliberate censorship as the song was considered a potential single at the time.
- He also calls french fries 'chips' in an interview from 1985, although he might be humoring the Scottish interviewer.
- Canada, Eh?
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience - Grey. Many records of his feature black and white photos of him on the cover. His album You Want It You Got It features a painted in grey background. This color scheme was probably done to distinguish him from the brightly colored album covers of The Eighties and became a standard for him.
- Darker and Edgier: The Into the Fire album.
- Double Entendre: 18 'til I Die is essentially "Double Entendre: The Album".
- "Summer Of '69" is a deliberate and notable one (although Word of God is divided on this. Bryan said it was intentional, his co-writer said it wasn't).
- Drive-In Theater: Part of the video for "Summer of '69" is set there.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His first recordings as part of the band "Sweeney Todd" are definitely this, where he sings in a falsetto British accent that was his attempt at singing like the band's previous singer. Similarly, his first single "Let Me Take You Dancing", which is a disco-influenced song, with some varispeed on the vocals making him sound younger than he is. From his first album onwards, he starts to reach his recognisable sound, but doesn't quite get there until his second album You Want It You Got It.
- Empty Swimming Pool Dive: The video for "Cuts Like A Knife" features one.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: He confirmed in an interview that "Summer of '69" actually is named in reference to the sex act and that anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. His co-writer, Jim Vallance, however claims otherwise. (It's possible that Vallance was thinking of the year and Adams wasn't, considering that Vallance was 17 at the summer of 1969, but Adams was only 9.)
- Glory Days: Deconstructed by "Summer of '69".
- Green Aesop: "Don't Drop That Bomb on Me" is a rather unsubtle one.
- No Export for You: "Io Vivo In Te", (the unplugged version of I'm Ready dubbed into Italian), was only released as a single in Italy and wasn't available elsewhere, though its success means it is not hard to find from Italian sellers on eBay. Similarly, the Spanish version of "Everything I Do" titled "(Todo Que Lo Hago) Lo Hago Por Ti", was only released in Mexico and Colombia as a promo single, and a bonus track to some copies of the album.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's "Summer of '69" not "'69"