Tom Cochrane was already a star in Canada when this song become an absolutely gigantic hit. But it almost didn't happen.
Cochrane used to be the lead vocalist and songwriter for a band called Red Rider, and he wrote a song called "Love Is A Highway". The band never recorded it, because he considered it unusable...
...but picked it back up a few years later for his 1991 solo release Mad Mad World, retitled and retooled. It was a fun and happy song that became a huge worldwide hit.
When Mad Mad World was reissued for its 25th anniversary, Cochrane included the original demo on the album. You can hear that it's a very different song, but also, you can hear where the big hit came from.
Also, this was hard to find, so you're welcome.
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