Street Talk

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Street Talk
Steve Perry Street Talk.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1984
Recorded1983-1984 at Record One in Los Angeles, California
GenrePop rock
Next Plateau Entertainment (distribution only)
ProducerSteve Perry, Bruce Botnick
Steve Perry chronology
Street Talk
For the Love of Strange Medicine
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceC[4]

Street Talk is Steve Perry's first solo studio album, released in April 1984.

Street Talk contains Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist, "Oh Sherrie", written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford.[5] The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Rock chart, and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on MTV. Other singles included "Foolish Heart" (peaked at #18), "She's Mine" (peaked at #21), and "Strung Out" (peaked at #40).

There were a number of nods to Perry's pre-Journey band Alien Project on this album—in fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk.[6] In the liner notes, Perry dedicates the album to Richard Michaels (the bassist for Alien Project). Also, drummer Craig Krampf was a member of Alien Project later in the 1970s.

Street Talk is certified as 2x Platinum (2,000,000) in sales by the RIAA.[7]

It is one of the first albums Next Plateau Entertainment has distributed.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Oh Sherrie" (Bill Cuomo, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, Perry) – 3:48
  2. "I Believe" (Goodrum, Duane Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:12
  3. "Go Away" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 4:05
  4. "Foolish Heart" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:39
  5. "It's Only Love" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  6. "She's Mine" (Goodrum, Perry) – 4:26
  7. "You Should Be Happy" (Goodrum, Perry) – 3:20
  8. "Running Alone" (John Bettis, Hitchings, Krampf, Perry) – 4:05
  9. "Captured by the Moment" (Cuomo, Goodrum, Perry) – 3:47
  10. "Strung Out" (Krampf, Perry, Billy Steele) – 3:51

Bonus Tracks

  1. "My My My" (Perry, Krampf, Richard Michaels Haddad, Steve DeLacey) – 2:24 *
  2. "Harmony" (Perry) – 3:58 *
  3. "Makes No Difference" (Perry, Krampf, Haddad, DeLacey) – 4:53 *
  4. "Don't Tell Me Why You're Leaving" (Perry, Danny Kortchmar, Krampf) – 3:13 *
  5. "If Only for the Moment, Girl" (Perry, Goodrum) – 4:09 *
  • Tracks 11 - 15 are bonus tracks on the 2006 CD reissue
  • Tracks 11 - 13 are Alien Project demo recordings
  • Track 14 is the b-side to Oh Sherrie
  • Track 15 is second track from the USA for Africa album "We Are the World" 1985


  • Niko Bolas - recording, mixing
  • Jim Welch - art direction
  • Steve Perry - cover concept
  • John Scarpati - cover photography


  • Produced By Steve Perry and Bruce Botnick
  • Recorded & Mixed By Niko Bolas
  • Recording Assistant & Additional Engineering: Richard Bosworth
  • Recording Assistant on "Strung Out": Denny Densmore
  • Originally Mastered By Mike Reese


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 494. ISBN 0195313739.
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 541. ISBN 0679737294.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 28, 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Steve Perry talks about the recording of "Oh Sherrie" and Street Talk singles.
  6. ^ Steve Perry discusses the Alien Project story and Street Talk.
  7. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
  • "Street Talk" (Liner Notes); Steve Perry CD, Columbia Records 1984.

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