There was a time—stay with us here—when Bryan Adams was, like, a really big star. The Canadian sorta-rock guy scored MTV hits with the sorta-rockin' "Cuts Like a Knife" and "Summer of '69" before taking a hard left into full-on power ballad territory for later hits "Heaven" and that song from the Robin Hood movie with the title that is literally longer than this descriptor. He could move records, and nobody knows this better than countrymen Glass Tiger.
They began as an Ontario-based band called Tokyo, which didn't work out for some reason. Changing their name to the nearly-as-nonsensical Glass Tiger, they signed to Capitol Records and convinced their buddy Adams—all Canadians are buddies, we're pretty sure—to lay down a bland counterpoint vocal on the bland chorus of their bland lead single, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)." Since Canadians are so laid-back, nobody was expecting much to happen when the tune was released in the U.S. in the summer of '86. But, apparently due to Adams' phoned-in crooning (since we can think of no other reason), the song became a huge hit, peaking at #2 on the charts in October of that year. Suddenly, Glass Tiger were on the cover of magazines, doing interviews on MTV, opening for Paul McCartney and Journey, and getting nominated for a freaking Best New Artist Grammy. The future was bright!
And then … absolutely stifling, deafening silence. The band released two more albums in 1988 and 1991, but it didn't matter. Nary a soul was listening. Some say they then faded into a nether-dimension of forgotten artists, their very name wiped from our memories like we've all been collectively neuralyzed by the Men in Black. We'd point out the irony in the title of their lone hit song, but that would be like beating a glass tiger.