Newsweek interviews former Journey frontman Steve Perry. The shlockmeister reveals that he was initially unsure about allowing atrocious hit "Don't Stop Believing" to be used in the finale of "The Sopranos."
I held out until I knew how it would be used. It was like, "Is somebody being massacred while the song's being played?" The Thursday before it aired, they finally said, "We'll tell you, but you have to swear not to tell anybody." When they finally told me how it was going to be used, I thought, that's way beyond awesome. Watching it that night was pretty exciting.
Perry, who is more dubious about Hillary Clinton's campaign parody of the episode, was pleased with the result.
It was done so well, I loved it. Nothing could make me happier than seeing a resurgence of the music I believe in as much as I did when we were doing it. It knocked me back in an exciting kind of way.It knocked us back too, but in a "Why would they use that piece of shit song?" kind of way. Fuck Journey.
Song Rights ... and Wrongs [Newsweek]