“My Kind of Girl”
Written by Debi Cochran, John Jarrard, and Monty Powell
#1 (1 week)
February 18, 1995
Collin Raye goes on a remarkably unconvincing Journey.
The Road to No. 1
After “Little Rock” went No. 1, Raye went top ten with “Man of My Word.” The fourth single from extremes became his fourth No. 1 single.
The No. 1
Raye would eventually drop all pretenses and cover “Open Arms” for his late nineties hits package, but the first indication that he fancied himself to be the second coming of Steve Perry surfaced on this remarkably unconvincing attempt at arena rock.
It’s not a very good song to start with. “My Kind of Girl” is a G-rated list of fantasies that opens with, “I saw you buying Cosmo and a Hot Rod magazine,” and only gets more ridiculous from there. Every detail is in service to the rhyme scheme, so we’re left with a bewildering collection of character traits and comeback lines that do not plausibly co-exist in a random stranger being hit on at the magazine rack.
Raye is no stranger to implausible story lines, but his storytelling gifts are left behind in favor of a “Look guys, I’m not just a balladeer, I can rock!” performance that tries way too hard to be edgy and ends up annoyingly grating. He doesn’t sing so much as he screams.
There have been some big duds along the way in this feature. This is the first one that’s actually painful to listen to.
If you want a headache to go with your earache, check out the ghastly music video below.
The Road From No. 1
“If I Were You,” the final single from extremes, went top five, and then Raye previewed his fourth studio album with another No. 1 hit. We’ll cover it later in 1995.
“My Kind of Girl” gets an F.
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