I wanna go back to 2:42 – the perfect duration of a pop song, according to Joshua Allen. Recall that this is what made 2:42 the perfect time for a song:
[T]he perfect song length had to be closer to three minutes than two, but definitely shorter than three minutes. Three minutes is where bloat starts to set in. Where the band thinks: Hey, let’s do the chorus seven times. Hey, let’s give the saxophone guy a real moment to shine on this one. Hey, let’s add another bridge.
I bring this up now because at the 2:22 mark of “I Wanna Go Back”, Eddie Money makes a choice. He could have taken the next 20 seconds to wind the song up in a tidy 162 second package and delighted Joshua Allen. But no, that’s not the way Eddie Money rolls. Instead, the sax man wails away on a solo for about 18 seconds. Then there’s a bridge followed by a few iterations of the chorus. He basically does all of the things that annoy Allen and in the process makes the song a prime example of cheesy, cliched 80’s rock and roll. And that’s why Eddie Money makes some of my absolutely favorite guilty pleasure music. He doesn’t care about being trite, he only cares about being awesome. Rock on, Eddie Money!