BryanAdamsAlbum02You Want It You Got It

YEAR: 1981

SINGLES: "Lonely Nights," “Coming Home,” “Fits Ya Good”

BACKGROUND: This album launched Adams’ career to a new level in more ways than one. The single “Fits Ya Good” reached number 30 on the Canadian music charts, it marked the beginning of the rock sound Adams is famous for, it helped him bust down the door of the American music market and Adams began recording with legendary producer Bob Clearmountain and a studio band with musicians such as drummer Mickey Curry and keyboardist Tommy Mandel, who went on to play on many of Adams’ albums.

Jim Vallance, meanwhile, recalls being on the road with Adams around this time, touring as rock band Journey’s opening act: “… in 1982, [Bryan] always performed ‘You Want It You Got It’ as the last song in his set each night. After all, it was the title track from his just-released second album.

Toyota automobiles were airing a television commercial around that same time, with the slogan ‘You want it – You got it – Toyota!’ As a joke, every time Bryan sang the song on stage, Journey's crew would hold up a big sign that read ‘TOYOTA.’”

As a shot at the music critics of the day, Adams reportedly wanted to call the album “Bryan Adams Hasn't Heard Of You Either” before record execs put a stop to it.

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