Fortunato Isgro, “Good Times Bad Times” from Journey (2016): One Track Mind

Whenever I hear this great song, which originally appeared on Fortunato Isgro’s excellent Journey album, I shake my head in disbelief and wonder why it hasn’t taken over the airwaves.

Written by Peter Rechter of Tol-Puddle Martyrs and the Secrets fame, and Joe Mandica of the Initiative (a fantastic band from Australia that Fortunato also performs with), “Good Times Bad Times” is the gold standard all serious pop musicians should aim for.

Galloping to a rhythm so jubiliant that it’s capable of healing the sick and putting an end to the world’s sorrows, “Good Times Bad Times” receives an extra boost from Fortunato Isgro’s radiant vocals, sparkling with clarity and direction. Come mid-song, there’s an absolutely devastating guitar solo from Joe, while the hooks and melodies, not to mention the handclapping, are positively invigorating.

Sounding like a long lost Buddy Holly classic, splashed with a coat of Motown gloss, “Good Times Bad Times” borrows the best elements of the past, then tops them off with a freshly scrubbed feel aflame with a contemporary delivery.

Unspoiled and exploding with energy, Fortunato Isgro’s “Good Times Bad Times” is the type of song sure to appeal to anyone who digs a relentlessly catchy beat. Here’s a standing ovation!

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at
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