Oh, Corey Hart. Youâ€™re trying so hard to say something meaningful and deep here, but weâ€™ll be damned if we know what youâ€™re on about. Is it about James Dean, as you claimed in many an interview? Or is it just a bunch of random rhymes that sounded good at the time? â€the wolf cried â€˜foxâ€™ to the boy in the boxâ€¦â€ Really? Youâ€™re gonna go with that one? Yâ€™sure, hun? Okay.
A graduate of the Simon Le Bon School of Lyrics, Corey Hart began his questionably poetic career with the equally bewildering â€œSunglasses at Nightâ€. See, he wears â€˜em in the dark so he can â€œweave and breathe your storylineâ€. Or something. While lyrically lacking, Hart could definitely whip up a hook, evidenced by â€œSunglassesâ€, and his second albumâ€™s smash single â€œNever Surrenderâ€ (which kinda takes an Elmer Fudd sheen with his delivery, â€œnevah suwwendahhhhh!â€).
Oh, Canada, so much to answer for…
After â€œNever Surrenderâ€ hit #3, the albumâ€™s title track, â€œBoy In The Boxâ€, was up next, a dancey time capsule that sums up 1985 pretty neatly; obtuse lyrics, fake, compressed drums with a snare that sounds like someone spanking a thawed turkey with a ping pong paddle, and that annoying little orchestral sting that was in every third song released that year. The 12â€ version takes it to even more ludicrous levels. But ya know what?
I still like it. When the “one, two / you can’t get enough” of the chorus hits, I’m right there.
â€can you see me from outside? / can you hear me from outside?â€ Uh, no dude, youâ€™re IN A BOX.
“Boy In The Box” is out of print, but Amazon has an import and used copies for sale.
â€Boy In The Boxâ€ peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.