Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Asia - "Don't Cry"

Don't Cry - Alpha

(Debuted July 30, 1983, Peaked #10, 13 Weeks on the Chart)

Asia was a supergroup made up of four members who'd already been members of British prog-rock bands. John Wetton had been in King Crimson, Geoff Downes had been in Yes as well as The Buggles, Steve Howe was also a member of Yes, and Carl Palmer was one of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Their self-titled debut LP was a smash, with two Top 20 hits on the U.S. pop chart and an amazing six songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Their second LP was called Alpha, and its lead single was "Don't Cry," which was a Top 10 pop single and #1 Mainstream Rock Track. However, there were tensions between the band members during the making of that album that soon caused Wetton to leave the band by the end of the year. He would eventually return, but the band's history has been marked by a seemingly quickly-moving revolving door of noted musicians, before a reunion of the original band in 2006.

"Don't Cry" had a video that was in fairly heavy rotation on MTV. Shown below, it featured some kind of story about adventurers lured into a pyramid by a mysterios woman, only to meet an unfortunate end. The video effects were state-of-the-art in 1983, but seem rather amateur by today's standards.

1 comment:

  1. Bizarre vid, but great, uplifting tune.