Lightning Crashes from Throwing Copper is probably the song that really made the band Live popular and somewhat enduring. They managed, bizarrely, to have a career from 1988-2014 a long time considering the horrible output. They might have reformed for shows since then – but no albums, at least at this stage.
Lightning Crashes really was the nadir though. It had that deeply embarrassing opening verse:
lightning crashes, a new mother cries/her placenta falls to the floor/the angel opens her eyes/the confusion sets in/before the doctor can even close the door
And then there was the constipated vocal approach to the line, “the angel closes her eyes”, alternating to also sing, “the angel opens her eyes” – it sounded like Kowalczyk might take a week to finish that big, long vowel movement caught in the tunnel of this throat.
I would actually cringe when hearing this.
I had to play that song in a covers-band. It was, as you may remember, a very popular song. So, it became a favourite within our set. I never enjoyed the song. Playing it made me hate it even more.
With Live, this was the case from day one for me. I always hated their sound. I was baffled by their success. I couldn’t understand why anyone liked them. It wasn’t until Creed and then Nickelback came along that I would find other bands so easy to not like, so instantly toe-curlingly bad.
Usually when there’s an awful band out there, they are easy to ignore – but Live was everywhere at one point. And their biggest song was part of the repertoire of the band I played in for a few years. Dark days indeed.