Thanks to its pre-closing-credits appearance on The Sopranos, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” is racing up the charts: The song is currently No. 30 on the iTunes’ “Top Songs” list, right between Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony and T.I.; and the band’s Greatest Hits album is No. 54 on Amazon.com (make sure you buy the remastered version, so you can hear all the crisp snare on “Only The Young”!). Meanwhile, keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells the AP the band had no idea how the song was going to be employed:
Cain, who has a 13-year-old and twins aged 11, said the songwriters are careful about how they license the song, and have resisted several advertising campaigns. They debated its use in the film “Monster” with Charlize Theron but, in the end, “she’s too cute to say no to,” he said.
He was a little nervous Sunday when, as he watched with his children, the mob boss Phil was shot and viewers heard his head crunched as it was run over by an SUV. But he loved the final scene.
“It was very smart writing,” he said. “I always love movies where you don’t see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he’s going to get whacked.”
Cain then revealed to the reporter Chase’s intentions behind the scene, after which he and the reporter were found face down in a Dumpster behind a Strawberries outlet in Plainfield.
UPDATE: Steve Perry knew all along.