Cuts Like a Knife

“Drivin’ home this evening, coulda sworn we had it all worked out…”

Before the ultra-syrupy ballad “Heaven” and loooong before his bit of 90s Robin Hood crap, Bryan Adams hit the scene in 1983 with a hard-rockin’ guitar and a voice that sounded like he gargled with water made from the fresh-squeezed juice of six sheets of sandpaper.

And “Cuts Like a Knife” was (for most of us) the grand debut. Yes, “Straight From the Heart” was actually released first, but when “Knife” hit heavy rotation on MTV, that other little tune was quickly forgotten.

And speaking of the video, it quickly became one of the most iconic of the early 80s– featuring Bryan and his band playing in an abandoned indoor swimming pool while the mysterious woman-in-black strips down in the pool dressing room, climbs the diving board, and jumps. Nooooo, woman-in-black!

In all, “Cuts Like a Knife” only spent 14 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #15 in August 1983– but it successfully launched the career of arguably Canada’s greatest export (after beer and Michael J. Fox, anyway).

We ♥ Cuts Like a Knife.


~ by weheart80s on November 16, 2011.

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