Once again, I’m doing a slower song for Metal for Friday! I suppose one could argue whether Saigon Kick is “technically” metal or just a hard rock band; admittedly the line blurs a bit. When this song, “Love is on the Way,” was popular, though, in the fall of 1992, it was beloved by all my metalhead friends and we played it over and over again that season. A ballad of course, and it mixes sad melancholy with a sense of hope. This is just the thing to listen to after hearing, say, a Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel album. Even metalheads need some calmer moments once in a while.

Saigon Kick was one of those bands that should have had a huge career, but ultimately did not. The Lizard, from which this song was the popular single, was the band’s second album following their 1991 self-titled effort. The album (and this song) went gold and rose to #12 on the Billboard 100, pretty rare for a band with any sort of appeal to heavy metal fans. Their follow-up album, Water from 1993, just wasn’t nearly as good and marked the start of a long decline that ended with the band’s breakup in 2000. However, the core members reunited in 2012 and have enjoyed a bit of a revival, though I admit this song, for which they were once very famous, is now quite obscure. But it’s still a great song.

Have a great weekend, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/