You Can Win or Lose

In 1984, Glen Frey recorded ‘The Heat Is On’, which was written by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey for the movie Beverly Hills Cop.  In 1977, the Eagles started working on their album, The Long Run, which took two years to complete.  It was originally intended to be a double album, but the band members were unable to write enough songs.  The meltdown of the Eagles occurred on July 31, 1980, when the group was on tour in support of this album and they did a benefit show for California Senator Alan Cranston.  Glenn Frey felt that guitarist Don Felder insulted the Senator with a remark that he made during the meet-and-greet before the concert.  When groups tour constantly and drugs and alcohol are thrown into the mix, inevitably someone is going to say something that gets on somebody else’s nerves.  At least they quit while they were still on top.

In 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career.  He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record many Top 40 hits, including ‘The One You Love’ which reached #15, ‘Smuggler’s Blues’ which peaked at #12, ‘Sexy Girl’ which reached #20, ‘The Heat Is On’ which reached #2, ‘You Belong to the City’ also reaching #2, ‘True Love’ which made it to #14 on the U.S. Cashbox Top 100, ‘Soul Searchin’’ which got to #36 and ‘Livin’ Right’ which got to No. 22 on the Adult Contemporary chart.  Glenn Frey also recorded ‘Part of Me, Part of You’ which was in the 1991 movie Thelma & Louise.

Frey grew up in Detroit and he met Bob Seger there.  After he headed west to California, he met John David Souther, a fellow Detroit transplant who showed Frey how to play and sing country music, and the two formed a country-rock group Longbranch Pennywhistle.  Their self-titled album, included Doug Kershaw, Ry Cooder, James Burton on guitar, Larry Knechtel on piano, and Joe Osborn on bass.  Souther and Frey met Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt and then Frey met Don Henley.  After meeting Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, the Eagles came together in 1971.

In 1993, Frey joined the reunited Eagles on their phenomenally successful Hell Freezes Over tour, with a live album of the same name.  Frey’s health took a sudden turn in December 2015 suffering of complications from rheumatoid arthritis and he passed away on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67.  The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1998.  Glenn Frey had Twenty-four Top 40 hits, he was awarded six Grammys and he received 5 AMAs.  In 2000, Glenn Frey and Don Henley were co-inductees into the Song Writers Hall of Fame.

The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
‘Cause the heat is on
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
The heat is on, the heat is on, the heat is on
Oh it’s on the street, the heat is on
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
The heat is on (yeah) the heat is on, the heat is on
(Burning, burning, burning)
It’s on the street, the heat is on
The shadows high on the darker side
Behind the doors, it’s a wilder ride
You can make a break, you can win or lose
That’s a chance you take, when the heat’s on you
When the heat is on
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
The heat is on (yeah) the heat is on, the heat is on
It’s on the street, the heat is on (I can feel the fire)
The heat is on (flames are burning higher)
The heat is on (baby can’t you feel it)
Yeah, it’s on the street
The heat is on (I can feel it the fire)
The heat is on (flames are burning higher)

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge You Belong to The City.

6 thoughts on “You Can Win or Lose

  1. I read where either Frey or Felder said to the other during that last concert…after 3 more songs I’m going to kick your ass… I always liked Felder a lot.
    Have you seen the Eagles documentary… History of the Eagles?

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    1. I read it was Frey that said that to Felder and that he just couldn’t go on singing ‘The Best of My Love’ afterward, as he knew it was over. I did watch an Eagles documentary about their reunion which I thought was good, but I have not seen the History of the Eagles yet.

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