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05 February 2009 @ 12:21 am
Song of the Week #36: Rhythm Corps "Common Ground"  

A classic from an amazing band hailing from Detroit who was sadly didn’t get the recognition they deserved. Utilizing some great acoustic & electric guitar twin guitar work, which I’ve always loved from bands like REO & Heart, Rhythm Corps were masters of anthemic pacifist rock (that’s how I always thought of them at least). "Revolution Man" is one of my all-time favorite songs. "Common Ground" was the single from their first album that introduced me to them when my brother played it on his college radio show in 1988. Of course if he liked it then I was obligated to. I saw them open for REO Speedwagon in 1990 and was sold in a big way. Michael Persh has such a passionate and empathic voice. This song is a great example of that. Chances are you know it, you just didn’t know you did and had no idea who wrote it.

A footnote, the album art (seen as the backdrop in the video) was designed by Hugh Syme who did a number of great covers in the ‘80s & 90s (whitesnake, queensryche, night ranger, megadeth, etc.) has done all of Rush’s cover art since 1975.

Common Ground

Can we meet on common ground
Are our views so far apart
That there's no room to be found
Can we speak without the sound
Of a world gone quite insane
Can we start settling down

I'll not play the scene where the threats start flying
You'll not have to scream cause we're not that stupid

Can we meet on common ground

Can we meet on common ground
Are your walls all brick and stone
And far from tumbling down
Can we seat ourselves around
A table for awhile and talk
Like friends we have found

I'll not play the scene where the threats start flying
We'll not have to dream of a peaceful one day

Can we meet on common ground


More Rhythm Corps:
Satellites
Solidarity (live) rough audio