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Night Ranger's drummer, Kelly Keagy, wrote this song about his sister Christy, who is 10 years younger than him and was growing up fast. Essentially the song is about her coming of age. The vocalist on most Night Ranger songs was Jack Blades
, but Keagy sang lead on this one, singing from his drum kit at shows.
The original title was "Sister Christy," but the rest of the band thought Keagy was singing "Sister Christian," so that became the title.
Keagy grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where "Motoring" was a term for driving around with your friends, often trying to pick up girls. (thanks, Chris - Annapolis, MD, for all above)
Midnight Madness was Night Ranger's second album. This song was written in time for their first album Dawn Patrol, but was held back. "Sister Christian" was released as the second single from the album, after "(You Can Still) Rock in America."
While some groups can't stand the sound of their signature song, Night Ranger isn't one of them. Jack Blades explained: "To me, it's a highlight to every one of our shows, instead of it being a curse. Maybe a lot of bands think of their big hit as, 'Ugh, we don't want to play that.' But that's not the way it is for Night Ranger. We really do love that song."
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