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Kristina

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I visited the drug store today on my lunch hour to buy some cold medicine and was standing in line to pay when "Make Me Lose Control" came on the radio. Well, my cold must have gone to my head because I automatically got out of line (got some strange looks in a crowded store)and just had to listen to the song all the way through. I picked up a basket and proceeded to softly sing to myself as I loaded that basket with stuff I didn't really need. It was so great to hear that song on the radio-it's been a long time since I've heard an Eric song while shopping. Anyway, I left the store having spent more money than I intended to. As I did, I thought to myself: I don't think losing control of one's spending habits was the "losing control" that Eric had in mind when he wrote that song!!!

Sorry, but I had to share my goofy story...blame it on the cold...

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Kristina: I loved your "goofy' story. I got some strange looks when I was in a department store about a year ago. Hungry Eyes came on over the store's music system. My ears pinged up when the intro came on and I rushed to stand under one of the speakers in the ceiling to get a better listen. I could see people in the corner of my eye walking by giving me funny looks and looking up to see what I was looking at. I didn't care if people thought I was a nutter, Eric was being played and I was captivated. spin

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I too loved your story, Kristina! I've been known to sit in my car for the duration of a song I want to hear all the way through, even songs on a CD that I could pause and pick up or start over when I return to the vehicle, heehee! laugh

What I don't like, though, is when you hear a song on a speaker system in a store, and right in the middle of it, the song gets interrupted to page a customer to the pharmacy or a clerk to the register, grr.. You end up losing your groove! <img border="0" alt="[blech!]" title="" src="graemlins/blech.gif" />

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Kristina, Your story was great! I heard Hungry Eyes the other day in a store as well, and I got in such a good mood, I started buying things too! I think there are certain songs that put people in a good mood, and the stores know, and purposely play such a tape!

I have no regrets about losing any kind of control when I'm listening to "Eric music." I sit in a car and listen too, till it's over. If I don't know what something is or who's singing or playing it, I'll listen to find out.

And Ellece, I too HATE when they interrupt the music in a store to say "Thank you for shopping at ________"! smile --Darlene

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Ladies, it is not your imagination or an accident that these things happen. Instead of white neon lights, they install pink ones. This creates a different mood. The walls are painted a color called 'vanilla'. It gives a feeling of comfort. The music played (several of which are Eric's songs) elicit a hormonal response in the female clientele so they buy more than they came in for. What kind of business would do such things? A grocery chain! Yes, even the local market has done their homework. I majored in advertising in college, but am a senior supervisor for the largest chain in So. Cal. And Bernie, making a living in advertising, could surely add to the short list of things I mentioned that persuade us to purchase what we do. Hope I haven't ruined your next shopping trip wink Kirk.

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Kirk Kirk Kirk! You have made me feel so much better-not only did my cold make me goofy, the hormones kicked in too??? GREAT!!!!

Maybe Eric should market his songs to the retail stores for their holiday shopping profits boost this year....who needs sales and markdowns when they can have the best music ever do the job???

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Marvin: Why do you think "Hungry Eyes" is a "lousy" song? I think we (at least us girls) are just so thrilled when we can hear any Eric song on the radio these days. I think "Hungry Eyes" and "Make Me Lose Control" are great songs and just as compelling while shopping or whatever the mood may be...ahem...

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"Hungry Eyes" is a forgettable song that made it big thanks to the "Dirty Dancing" movie. If it wasn't for the fact that the movie was a huge hit, I don't think that the song would ever have received any airplay. I cringe when I think that most newer fans think of this song when they think of Eric Carmen. When I saw Eric live in Minnesota a couple of years ago with Ringo, I knew he would play that song only because it was a song the audience was familar with. "MMLC" on the other hand, is a fine Pop song and one that Eric should be proud about.

MARVIN

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Marvin: I agree that "Hungry Eyes" may not be his best song but to call it lousy seems a little harsh. It's very commercial which is why it's played more than the others so I enjoy it when I hear it; but it's not a song that I crave or play often at home. Out of curiosity, which songs do you think are his best songs???? To me, the Boats album is his best work...

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Kristina and others, I have an interview on tape that Eric did with Cleveland radio station WMMS around the time his career was resurging thanks to "Hungry Eyes." He says that when the song was first presented to him by Jimmy Ienner he was less than thrilled with it but decided to do it for Iennner and because he thought he could make something of the song. I'll have to listen to the tape again, but I believe he says that he even tried to do his "John Lennon voice" on the song.

MARVIN

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Sometimes we forget that Eric didn't write Hungry Eyes, he just sang it. I'm sure there are a lot of songs he's sung over the years because the crowd liked them, even if he was tired of doing them. I think the writer of that song was Frank Previte, who is from New Brunswick, close to my home. One of my teacher friends had taught him in high school and said he was musically talented, but teachers always say that when someone's song becomes famous.

I think the songs Eric wrote are ever so much better than Hungry Eyes, but I did like the Dirty Dancing movie (and have a lot of company evidently, considering how big it got!), and just hearing Eric's voice, I always forget that the song may be "forgettable>" smile --Darlene

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Since Eric sees himself as first and foremost a songwriter, I know that he doesn't think "Hungry Eyes" is anywhere near as good as his own compositions. But still I am thankful for it. "Hungry Eyes" brought Eric back to the Top Ten, gave him a chance to release "Make Me Lose Control" (which also skyrocketed to the top of the charts) and put him back on stage with the Dirty Dancing tour.

I met Frank Previte backstage at one of the Ringo shows and told him that his song made great things happen for Eric. He replied, "It made great things happen for me, too!" --Bernie

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  • 2 weeks later...

There is a radio station here that sponsors a toy drive every year at a shopping mall. I listen to this station once in a while and I do know that they play GO ALL THE WAY on regular rotation.

This toy drive started at 10:00 am on Friday and continued for 32 hours, until 6:00pm tonight. The DJ was set up at a table in the mall. We walked in and started to approach the table and then the DJ started talking and said "we have request for Eric Carmen's NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN. I couldn't believe it. I never heard this station play that song before. I was so excited that I started clapping and cheering. shocked

Wow! right place, right time. The DJ said that Matthew requested that song. I wonder if he posts here? I love when silly stuff like that happens.

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Gina

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Hi Gina! That's a wonderful story. Just makes me smile! I hope that Eric knows how much pleasure we get when we hear his songs. And I wish that we weren't so "surprised" every time we hear one of his songs; he really should be heard more often and get new fans to appreciate him.

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Hi Gina!

I agree that is a great surprise when Eric's music is played in public. Which gave me an idea: I suggest that we call radio stations in our local areas and request that they play EC songs. Perhaps this could cause a resurgence of popularity for Eric, motivating concert promoters to offer Eric a lucrative deal! What do you think?

Steveh

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Steveh - I think that is a GREAT idea !

Let's all do it. A radio station here takes lunch time requests. Most areas have stations that do that. I will call this station tomorrow with my lunch request (yummy!) I will tell the DJ that I have a taste for some berries and request GO ALL THE WAY. I will call another station on Wednesday, they take lunch requests also. I will tell them that it is lunch time and I am starving for some Eric Carmen and request HUNGRY EYES

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Gina

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