Sister Christian

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"Sister Christian"
Single by Night Ranger
from the album Midnight Madness
B-side "Chippin' Away"
Released June 1984
Recorded 1983
Genre Rock, Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 5:02 (album)
4:14 (7" single)
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Kelly Keagy
Producer(s) Pat Glasser
Night Ranger singles chronology
"(You Can Still) Rock in America"
(1983)
"Sister Christian"
(1984)
"When You Close Your Eyes"
(1984)

"Sister Christian" is a power ballad by the American hard rock band Night Ranger. It was released in June 1984 as the second single from their album Midnight Madness. It was ranked number 32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. It was written and sung by the band's drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. It was the band's biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and staying on the charts for 24 weeks. It also reached number-one in Canada. The song was also featured in Friday the 13th, Boogie Nights and Superstar.[citation needed][1]

Origin and meaning[edit]

The song is about Keagy's little sister, Christy. Keagy wrote the song at his apartment, near Divisadero and California streets in San Francisco, after he had just returned from a visit to his hometown of Eugene, Oregon. He had been struck at how fast his teenaged sister, 10 years younger than he was, was growing up.[2]

"After we started playing it a lot, Jack turned to me and said, 'What exactly are you saying?'" Keagy recalled. "He thought the words were Sister Christian, instead of Sister Christy, so it just stuck."[2]

The lyric, "You're motoring. What's your price for flight? In finding Mr. Right?" is the subject of much debate. The band stated in a VH-1 Behind the Music interview[3] that the term "motoring" was synonymous with the term "cruising."

Differences between album version and 7" single version[edit]

On the single version, part of the second verse in the bridge is omitted and goes into the chorus. More specifically, the words "You've got him in your sight. And driving through the night," are omitted from the single version.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in San Rafael High School.

Other versions[edit]

A newly recorded acoustic version of the song was produced for the band's 9th album, Hole in the Sun.[5]

A medley at the beginning of the movie Rock of Ages starts with a cover of this song.

Glee covered the song in its Season Four premiere episode, "The New Rachel". It was sung by junior student Brody Weston (portrayed by Dean Geyer) in the co-ed bathrooms of NYADA.

Foster Farms covered the song with singing chickens.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 99
Canada (RPM)[7] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 67
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sister Christian - Night Ranger". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Carolyn (2005-11-11). "Night Rangers revisit 'Sister Christian' and San Rafael". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-09. "Specifically, the song is about Keagy's little sister, Christy. Keagy wrote the song at his apartment, near Divisadero and California streets in San Francisco, after he had just returned from a visit to his hometown in rural Oregon. He had been struck at how fast his teenage sister, 10 years younger than he was, was growing up." 
  3. ^ "VH1 -- True Spin : Our Lips Are Sealed, Sister Christian, And More". Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ http://nightranger.com/content/hole-sun
  6. ^ http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/ad-day-foster-farms-chicken-doesnt-just-taste-good-it-also-sings-hits-80s-152792
  7. ^ Canadian peak
  8. ^ German peak

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