Report Bi Bi Clive, Bye Bye Happiness? in That's Rock 'N' Roll Posted March 11, 2013 I was running a record store in New Jersey, and we were one of the stores Billboard magazine called every week to find out what was selling. That meant promo men were always phoning and visiting asking you to promote this artist or that, whether the artist was actually selling or not. In return these pitchmen would always ask what they could do for you. Usually it was free records or concert tickets, or maybe an in store appearance from an Artist. In my case, I asked for an advance copy of the new Eric Carmen album I had heard was on the way. Iâ€™ll never forget the day the promo guy came into the store with a cassette copy of Tonight Youâ€™re Mine and played me It Hurts Too Much. I was knocked outâ€¦ it was the greatest song Billy Joel never wroteâ€¦ sort of a cross between â€œSay Goodbye To Hollywoodâ€ and something Meatloaf would have done during his Bat Out Of Hell days. Bombasticâ€¦ with monster hooks, that huge sax solo in the middleâ€¦ massive thundering drumsâ€¦ a screaming hot vocal from Eric, and Hit Record production complete with castanets and trademark Eric false ending. I never heard a bigger no brainer hit. Now I know for a fact that Arista had tried hard to promote Boats. Radio stations in New York were playing whole sides of the album uninterrupted. Remember when stations used to do that with a hot release? There were listening parties, another relic of a bygone era. I just think the public was expecting another serving of delicious pop confection as only Eric (and maybe Brian Wilson) can deliver, and didnâ€™t know what to make of a lower key and beautifully romantic concept album, no matter how brilliant. But that promo guy told me that day in the store (Iâ€™ll never forget it) that due to a management change at the labelâ€¦ Arista would NOT be promoting the Tonight album. It being a success would make the old hierarchy look good and the new brass look bad. It made me quite angry at the time. I also read somewhere that Clive Davis was none to happy that Eric had delivered a Rock and Roll album but canâ€™t confirm that 100%. This all dovetails perfectly with what Eric wrote in his post. And it happened all over again with the Geffen album. Things were going great and all of a sudden word mysteriously started getting around (or was passed) that â€œLipsâ€ sounded too much like â€œFire.â€ Game set and matchâ€¦ Geffen immediately stopped promoting a record that was selling quite well and a single that was rapidly approaching the top forty with a bullet. I canâ€™t even imagine the frustration of having your livelihood affected by politics like that. On the bright side, thereâ€™s something very cool about Ericâ€™s musical lifework. How many other artists have a career that has spanned decadesâ€¦ tons of hits.. a standard right up there with â€œYesterdayâ€ and more lives than a cat. Still respected by everybody who knows good musicâ€¦ revered by many of the great artists of our day, and still able to go to dinner without being hounded by paparazzi? Maybe E was not so unlucky after all?