Although I watched MTV religiously as a child in the early 80s, I didn't know much about the Michael Stanley Band. A few years ago, a friend of mine at work named Marco introduced me to them. He was interested in my music knowledge and had a the same love of melodic rock that I did. He browsed through my collection, and found some nuggets that I didn't have including the two songs from The Michael Stanley Band. Since my goal is to own every song that ever charted in the U.S. and always want to find those awesome songs that people forgot about, I had him put them on a flash drive for me. Again while listening to a random shuffle of my tunes, My Town came up and blew me away. It's just a great song with a hook that draws you in. My Town was released in 1983 and peaked at #39 on the U.S. Billboard Charts. Because of the Michael Stanley Band's popularity in Cleveland, The Ohio State marching band uses it as one of their signature tunes. So if you are watching an Ohio State Big 10 game on ESPN, you might hear snippets of it. Makes sense since the song is a real uplifter! My Town unfortunately would be Michael Stanley's last hit song. They did continue to have success in their hometown and released a few more albums before Michael Stanley left to pursue different projects. He appeared appear on an episode of Drew Carey as himself in the 90s, and is now a AM disc jockey on a classic rock station in Cleveland. Since I first heard My Town, it has been become an anthem for me and I'm happy to include in on my Top 500 Songs. And of course introduce it to you!!
Ladies and gentlemen... The Michael Stanley Band and My Town