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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: True Love

    Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your frontrunner for 2017 Wrestling Entrance Theme of the Year.

    Let me preface this by saying outright that I am a sucker for power ballads, especially those from the 80s and 90s. If I'm on my way home at night in a cab or in an Uber/Grab, nothing would make me happier than hearing songs like Def Leppard's "When Love and Hate Collide" or Air Supply's "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All." We here at the Smark Henry Offices love songs like this so much we made an entire Spotify playlist out of it so we can take the taxi experience with us wherever we are!

    But going back to "True Love," the vocals immediately stand out because they remind me of former Journey frontman Steve Perry. At the same time, the way the song is being sung also sounds a lot like Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. Whoever CFO$ got to sing this song could easily belt out "Can't Fight This Feeling" at a random karaoke bar and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

    What really gives off the power ballad vibe has to be the guitars and the beat. The guitar riffs either take you to a local beerhouse, not unlike the opening riff of Drew Gulak's theme, or a karaoke bar—whether you're thinking of a high-end one like Red Box or the seedy ones found near your neighborhood private school doesn't matter at this point.

    That hook, though. THAT HOOK. It's what you'd have heard in a high school prom in the late 80s, and it's perfect to just sway to when you're holding your prom date by the hips and staring in her eyes.

    Am I sparkly enough for you, Bella?

    You could just keep 1-2-stepping while the hook is on loop as you get lost in the moment and forget every other couple sharing the dancefloor with you. You know this feeling. It's what you felt when Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," or "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain, or "Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional played at your high school prom and you wanted to dance with your high school crush so badly. Say what you want about some of CFO$' less inspired songs. When they want to try hard, they actually go all out, and "True Love" is a great example of that.


    My one problem with the song is the same as most of CFO$' songs, which is the lack of a second verse and a bridge. I get that a wrestling song is ideally a loop so that it can play over and over again during big moments like, say, a championship celebration. But if you're going to double down on an 80s-style power ballad, why can't you just write at least an additional four lines for a second verse? You already wrote a first verse anyway. CFO$ taking a page out of the Taiwanese Pop Songwriters' Playbook is beginning to become a tired formula. What's wrong with completing the fucking song?

    I get it, though. There's only so much you can do with the visual of a couple just so in love with one another that they can tell the world to fuck off because when they're hungry, love will keep them alive. But if the Chainsmokers could write an entire song about a douchebag who doesn't want to see his ex's friends and how his ex is a rich kid living above her means despite only being on her parents' allowance, then what's holding CFO$ back from writing another goddamn verse?

    All that said, don't let my rants about the lack of lyrics take away from how fun this song is to listen to. It's quite the trip and it's something I won't get tired of hearing anytime soon. Hell, MusicKing on Twitter did a stripped down piano cover of "True Love" and after listening to it, I now want it played at the bar/fine dining restos of every five-star hotel in Metro Manila.

    "True Love" isn't perfect, and it probably won't even hold a candle to all the great power ballads that you'd hear during your evening commute. But it's great for what it is—a campy wrestling entrance theme for a real-life married couple who are ready to make an immediate impact on SmackDown Live as they show us the true power of love.

    Welcome back, Maria Kanellis. And it's great to finally see you in WWE, Mike Kanellis.

    Cover photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio broadcaster, events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can also catch him every month attempting to keep order in a fancy suit as PWR's General Manager.
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    Item Reviewed: #ThemeSongTuesday: True Love Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Stan Sy
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