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
" with a guitar-and-organ dominated sound, Adams developed his own distinctive melodic rock
beginning with his breakthrough album, Cuts Like A Knife
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 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".
- Fun fact: he was 9 years old in 1969, so he took his nostalgia from somewhere else. (His co-writer, Jim Vallance was 17.)
- Black Sheep Hit: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was not well-liked by the producers of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, who complained that it sounded "too modern" (because of the piano, surprisingly, rather than the guitars), so they put it over the end credits. It ended up becoming the biggest hit of the year almost everywhere.
- Breakaway Pop Hit: "Have You Ever Loved a Woman?" (Don Juan DeMarco) and "Heaven" (A Night In Heaven)
- 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.
- 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 also 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 states it is on purpose, his co-writer states it wasn't intentional).
- 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.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: He confirmed in an interview that, yes, "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.
- Glory Days: Deconstructed by "Summer of 69".
- Green Aesop: "Don't Drop That Bomb on Me" is a rather unsubtle one.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: His debut single, the disco "Let Me Take You Dancing" and the three chord rock song "Don't Turn Me Away" only appeared on the original single. Adams acknowledges their existence, but has no desire to release them on CD.
- Name's the Same: A high school in Texas is of no relation to him, and was opened two years before he was born.
- Old Shame: His first single "Let Me Take You Dancing", a disco song. Never included on CD. He has performed it live on occasion since the late 90s, so he eventually warmed to it, but not enough to release it on CD.
- Pop Star Composer: He wrote an album's worth of songs in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
- Reclusive Artist: To the point that he requested Allmusic to delete his page.