For the Love of Strange Medicine

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For the Love of Strange Medicine
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1994
ProducerJames "Jimbo" Barton, Steve Perry, Tim Miner
Steve Perry chronology
Street Talk
For the Love of Strange Medicine
Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased
Singles from For the Love of Strange Medicine
  1. "You Better Wait"
    Released: June 28, 1994[1]
  2. "Missing You"
    Released: August 1994
  3. "Young Hearts Forever"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Anyway"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [2]

For the Love of Strange Medicine is the second solo studio album by Steve Perry, released on July 19, 1994 through Columbia Records. After a lengthy 8-year hiatus following the breakup of Journey, Perry returned to the spotlight with this album. The first single "You Better Wait" received radio airplay and reached the top 10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, but only peaked at #29 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. The album was followed by a tour in 1994-1995. For the Love of Strange Medicine was certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 units in the United States, as of September 1994.

The song "Young Hearts Forever" was written by Perry as a tribute to his late friend, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.


Journey released their ninth studio album Raised on Radio in 1986, which was Steve Perry's sixth album as lead singer. The band subsequently went on a hiatus in 1987. After the split Perry "didn't feel the passion" for writing and recording music, but eventually began writing songs for the album with musicians Lincoln Brewster, Paul Taylor, and Moyes Lucas.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
1."You Better Wait"Steve Perry, Lincoln Brewster, Paul Taylor, Moyes Lucas, John Pierce, George HawkinsJames "Jimbo" Barton4:51
2."Young Hearts Forever"Perry, Clif MagnessBarton4:43
3."I Am"Perry, Taylor, BrewsterBarton4:54
4."Stand Up (Before It's Too Late)"Perry, Brewster, Taylor, Lucas, Larry KimpelBarton4:49
5."For the Love of Strange Medicine"Perry, Brewster, Taylor, Lucas,Barton, Perry5:52
6."Donna Please"Perry, Taylor, Stephen BishopBarton, Perry4:02
7."Listen to Your Heart"Perry, Taylor, Brewster, LucasBarton3:31
8."Tuesday Heartache"Perry, Magness, Taylor, Brewster, LucasBarton6:00
9."Missing You"Perry, Tim MinerPerry, Miner3:48
10."Somewhere There's Hope"Perry, Taylor, Brewster, LucasBarton6:05
11."Anyway"PerryPerry, Miner4:20
Notes (2006 re-release)
  • "If You Need Me, Call Me" is a 1994 re-recording of a song of Perry's pre-Journey band, Alien Project.
  • "One More Time" is an unreleased out take from 1994.
  • "Can't Stop" and "Friends of Mine" are previously unreleased tracks from the 1984 unreleased Against the Wall album.


  • Steve Perry - vocals
  • Lincoln Brewster - guitars, background vocals
  • Paul Taylor- keyboards, background vocals
  • Moyes Lucas - drums, background vocals
  • Larry Kimpel - bass on "You Better Wait", "Young Hearts Forever", "Stand Up", "Somewhere There's Hope"
  • Mike Porcaro - bass on "Young Hearts Forever", "I Am", "For the Love of Strange Medicine", "Donna Please", "Listen to Your Heart"
  • Phil Brown - bass on "Tuesday Heartache"
  • Jeremy Lubbock, James Barton, Phil Brown - string arrangement on "I Am"
  • Tim Miner - bass, piano, keyboards & background vocals on "Missing You", bass & piano on "Anyway"
  • Larry Dalton - string arrangement & conductor on "Missing You"
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra - strings on "Missing You"
  • Michael Landau - guitars on "Anyway"
  • Alexander Brown, Carmen Carter, Jean McClain - backing vocals on "Stand Up" and "Somewhere There's Hope"
  • Tracks 1-4, 7, 8, 10 and 11 Produced and Recorded by James "Jimbo" Barton; Production Assistant: Phil Brown
  • Tracks 5 & 6 Produced By James Barton & Steve Perry
  • Track 9 Produced By Perry & Tim Miner
  • All Songs Recorded by James Barton, except track 9 (recorded by Tim Kimsey)
  • Assistant and Second Recording Engineers: Devin Foutz, Manny Marroquin, Kyle Ross, Ulrich Wild, Rail Jon Rogut and Bill Cooper, Christopher C. Murphy
  • All Songs Mixed By Craig Burbidge except tracks 1, 2 & 6, which were mixed by Niko Bolas
  • Digital Editing: Brian Lee
  • Mastered By Bob Ludwig



Chart (1994) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[3] 91
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 44
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 64
US Billboard 200[7] 15


The following singles were released from the album, with the highest charting positions listed.

# Title Date Hot 100 CAN
1. "You Better Wait" 1994 29 1
2. "Missing You" 1994 74


  1. ^ a b Rosen, Craig (11 June 1994). "Retail's Open Arms Greet Steve Perry". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 106 (24): 12–13. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ For the Love of Strange Medicine at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  4. ^ " – Steve Perry – For The Love Of Strange Medicine". Hung Medien.
  5. ^ " – Steve Perry – For The Love Of Strange Medicine". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Steve Perry Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.