YMMV / Bryan Adams

  • Accidental Innuendo: Inverted in "Summer of '69". The song title is, in fact, referring to the sexual act, not the year. (Or played straight - Word of God is divided. Bryan says it's deliberate, the co-writer says it was accidental).
  • Broken Base: A lot of his older fans really hate the way Adams' public reputation went from hip pop-rocker to uncool adult contemporary balladeer with "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)", from which it still hasn't really recovered, even when he's made plenty of rock records since.
    • Mutt Lange's production on "Waking Up The Neighbours", which makes Adams sound like Def Leppard. The lack of Jim Vallance co-writes on the album doesn't help.
    • There seems to be a portion of the fanbase who thinks 18 Til I Die is one of his best and On A Day Like Today sucks, and another portion who thinks On A Day Like Today is best and 18 Til I Die sucks. You won't find many who like both equally.
  • Cut Song:
    • Jim Vallance noted that the s/t had several that were rejected due to being too reminiscent of his early disco period. It also had "Jealousy" (which was used on "You Want It, You Got It") as well as "Take Me Back", "Straight From The Heart" and "I'm Ready" (which ended up on "Cuts Like A Knife").
    • "You Want It You Got It" had "Play To Win", which was given to another artist so not used. It ended up on Reckless [Deluxe] despite its earlier recording date, due largely to the fact it would not have come out otherwise.
    • "Reckless" had numerous ones - the B-side "Diana", six further outtakes that ended up on the Deluxe Edition, and "Hearts On Fire", which was rerecorded for "Into The Fire".
    • "So Far So Good" was left off the compilation of the same name & later released (with overdubs) on Anthology.
    • "You're Still Beautiful To Me" was cut from the reissue of 18 Til I Die, where "I Finally Found Someone" was included instead, despite the fact both would have fit on the same CD. "18 Til I Die" itself had numerous outtakes, though Adams liked two of them enough to play in his MTV Unplugged show (these being "If Ya Wanna Be Bad, Ya Gotta Be Good" and "Hey Elvis")
    • "Back To You" was left off "On A Day Like Today" because he felt it did not work as well as the MTV Unplugged version. The demo was released as a B-Side to "I'm Ready"
  • Dork Age: The 18 Til I Die album is this from a critical standpoint, though is generally well liked by fans.
  • Ending Fatigue: The album version of "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" is almost seven minutes long; it seems to finish at about five minutes in... then the piano comes back in.
  • Epic Riff
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Not for him, but Ryan Adams fans will get angry if you confuse the two of them
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Still very popular in Europe. And Nepal, where he played a sold-out concert in 2011.
  • Signature Songs: "Summer of '69", "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", and "Heaven"
  • Small Reference Pools: One criticism of him is that virtually all his songs are love songs, no matter the musical style. Bryan and Jim knew this, and felt it was getting old, and tried to move away from it with the multiple artist charity song "Tears Are Not Enough", and then the album "Into The Fire", which features such ideas as late night criminal activity (Heat Of The Night), the struggles of life (Into The Fire, Another Day, Home Again) and historical events (Native Son, Rebel, Remembrance Day). Even the love songs on this album (Victim Of Love, Only The Strong Survive) deal with failing relationships, and the remaining track Hearts On Fire is the only truly happy love song (which makes sense given that it was a Reckless outtake). After this album, Vallance and Adams felt that writing about historical events might reveal the limitations of their own knowledge and also might make people think they were getting preachy (ala Bono), so they generally stuck to love songs later.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A frequent criticism of some of his ballads.


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