Perfect Stranger (band)

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Perfect Stranger
Origin Carthage, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 1986-2010
Labels Pacific, Curb, Smith Music Group
Associated acts Vince Gill, Kostas, Clyde Brooks
Past members Andy Ginn
Marty Arbter
Doug Martin
Shayne Morrison
Steve Murray
Richard Raines
Clint Williams
Marcus Eldridge
Chad Ware
Scott Zucknick

Perfect Stranger was an American country music band founded in 1986 in the state of Texas by Steve Murray (lead vocals), Andy Ginn (drums), Shayne Morrison (bass guitar) and Richard Raines (guitar). After several years of performing throughout Texas, the quartet released an independent album in 1994; this album was later picked up by Curb Records, who re-packaged and re-released it a year later. By 1995, its second single (entitled "You Have the Right to Remain Silent") had become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts.

Although Perfect Stranger never entered Top 40 on the country charts again, the band continued to perform and record throughout the 1990s, charting several more singles before eventually exiting Curb in the late 1990s. In addition, Andy Ginn was replaced by Marty Arbter on drums. Perfect Stranger returned to Curb to release its second album, The Hits, in 2001, and was dropped again afterward. As of 2009, the band is composed of co-lead singers/guitarists Marcus Eldridge and Clint Williams, bassist Shayne Morrison, lead guitarist Chad Ware, and drummer Doug Martin. A third album, Shake the World, was released in 2009. Morrison briefly re-established the band in 2010 with Murray, Raines, and new drummer Scott Zucknick.

Biography[edit]

Perfect Stranger was founded in 1986 in Carthage, Texas by Steve Murray (lead vocals), Shayne Morrison (bass guitar), Richard Raines (lead guitar), and Andy Ginn (drums).[1] They originally performed as Midnight Express before assuming the name Perfect Stranger.[2] The four artists played together throughout the state of Texas, mostly in clubs and at rodeos. In December 1994, they released an independent album on the Pacific label, entitled It's Up to You. Featured on it was the single "Ridin' the Rodeo". Written by Vince Gill and Kostas,[3] the song was considered the biggest independent country music hit in the United States at the time, although it never reached the Billboard charts.[1]

A second single, entitled "You Have the Right to Remain Silent", followed soon afterward. By the time of its release, Perfect Stranger's success as an independent act had been noticed by Curb Records, who acquired the band's debut album and its single. Curb continued promoting "You Have the Right to Remain Silent".[3] It's Up to You was then re-packaged and re-released in 1995 as You Have the Right to Remain Silent, the band's major-label debut. By the middle of the year, its title track had reached No. 4 on the country music charts, and No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, Perfect Stranger continued to chart singles on occasion, although none of their other singles entered Top 40 on the country music charts. By the end of the 1990s, Andy Ginn had departed,[2] with Marty Arbter taking over on drums. They eventually left Curb in the late 1990s, but rejoined the label in the early 2000s.[4]

The band's second album, The Hits, was issued in 2001, also on Curb.[2] This album included a re-recording of "You Have the Right to Remain Silent",[4] as well as "Fire When Ready" and "A Little Bit More of Your Love", which had charted in 1997. The album also produced two more non-charting singles in its title track (co-written by former MCA Records artist Marty Brown) and "Miracle". After these two, the band exited Curb again.

All of the original members except Morrison eventually left. They were replaced by co-lead vocalists Clint Williams and Marcus Eldridge,[5] Chad Ware (guitar), and Doug Martin (drums). A third album, Shake the World, was released on June 2, 2009 via Smith Music Group.[6]

Original members Morrison, Raines and Murray briefly re-established in 2010 with new drummer Scott Zucknick.[7]

Richard Raines died on June 1, 2013 at his home in Mineola, Texas following a long battle with depression. He was 48.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
It's Up to You
  • Release date: December 1994
  • Label: Pacific
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
(re-issue of It's Up to You)
7 68 13
The Hits
  • Release date: June 26, 2001
  • Label: Curb Records
Shake the World
  • Release date: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Smith Music Group
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1994 "Ridin' the Rodeo" It's Up to You
1995 "You Have the Right to Remain Silent" 4 61 8 You Have the Right to Remain Silent
"I Am a Stranger Here Myself" 52 41
1996 "Remember the Ride" 56 65
"Cut Me Off"
1997 "Fire When Ready" 62 The Hits
1999 "A Little Bit More of Your Love" 66
2000 "Coming Up Short Again" 75 N/A
2001 "The Hits" The Hits
"Miracle"
2009 "Turn Around Point" Shake the World
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1994 "Ridin' the Rodeo"
1995 "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"
"I Am a Stranger Here Myself"
2001 "Miracle"

You Have the Right to Remain Silent[edit]

For the X-Cops album, see You Have the Right to Remain Silent....
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
Studio album by Perfect Stranger
Released June 13, 1995 (1995-06-13)
Genre Country
Length 31:09
Label Curb
Producer Clyde Brooks

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Remember the Ride" (Michael Harrell, Kim Williams) – 3:18
  2. "It's Up to You" (Jim Lauderdale, Gary Nicholson) – 2:36
  3. "One More Repossession" (Williams, Oscar Turman) – 2:30
  4. "You Have the Right to Remain Silent" (Brenda Sweat, Cal Sweat) – 3:28
  5. "Ridin' the Rodeo" (Kostas, Vince Gill) – 3:03
  6. "I Ain't Never" (Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce) – 2:38
  7. "Who Are You" (Gary Cotton, Cindy Greene, Bobby Carmichael) – 3:06
  8. "Cut Me Off" (Richard Fagan, Wynn Varble, Gerald Smith) – 2:50
  9. "I Am a Stranger Here Myself" (Dave Lindsey, Matt Lindsey, Michael Keith) – 3:59
  10. "Even the Jukebox Can't Forget" (Trey Bruce, Craig Wiseman) – 3:41


The Hits[edit]

The Hits
Studio album by Perfect Stranger
Released June 26, 2001 (2001-06-26)
Genre Country
Label Curb
Producer Clyde Brooks, Julian King, Perfect Stranger

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Hits" (Kevin Durham, Marty Brown) – 4:13
  2. "Runnin' Thru My Mind" (James LeBlanc) – 3:39
  3. "Miracle" (Shayne Morrison) – 3:33
  4. "A Little Bit More of Your Love" (Kelly Garrett, Jason Deere) – 2:39
  5. "Absolute Crazy" (Walt Wilkins, Dana Hunt) – 3:41
  6. "Take the Weekend Off" (Jason Green, Tim Buppert) – 3:11
  7. "My Heart Looks the Other Way" (Tim Mensy, Gary Harrison) – 3:10
  8. "Fire When Ready" (Tom Shapiro, Tony Martin) – 3:03
  9. "Ain't It Strange How Things Turn Around" (Leslie Satcher, Clay Blaker) – 3:11
  10. "Ain't That Somethin'" (Brenton Roberts, Tony Marty) – 3:26
  11. "You Have the Right to Remain Silent" (Cal Sweat, Brenda Sweat) – 3:30


Shake the World[edit]

Shake the World
Studio album by Perfect Stranger
Released June 9, 2009 (2009-06-09)
Genre Country
Label Smith Music Group
Producer Greg White Hunt

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hey Virginia" – 4:29
  2. "Can't Run Away" – 3:01
  3. "Downtown Neon Lights" – 3:12
  4. "Shake the World" – 3:48
  5. "Turn Around Point" – 2:24
  6. "Unwelcome Guest" – 4:38
  7. "The Comeback" – 3:32
  8. "Highway Girl" – 3:55
  9. "Beautiful Regret" – 3:21
  10. "Slow Motion" – 3:14

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Perfect Stranger biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Perfect Stranger". GA Talent. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Anne (2002-08-05). "Texas Country Act "Perfect Stranger" Gives Nashville Second Try". Music Dish. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  5. ^ "News". Marcus Eldridge official website. Retrieved 2009-05-05. [dead link]
  6. ^ Sudhalter, Michael (2009-08-28). "Shake the World review". Roughstock. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Perfect Stranger members". Perfect Stranger. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
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