Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Desire" by Andy Gibb

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0029
Date:  01/26/1980
Debut:  44
Peak:  4
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Andy Gibb had a short, but impressive run on the pop chart. At the time, he was the first male solo artist to have three consecutive #1 singles. He had his brothers, the Bee Gees, to thank for this as they (or Barry) had a hand in writing all of his Top 10 singles, including this one. Unfortunately, the youngest brother had issues with cocaine that sidelined his career. The years of abuse caught up with him when he passed away in 1988 from myocarditis.

ReduxReview:  Most likely anything Gibb would release after four gold and one platinum singles would fly up the chart. But does it hold up to those hits? Not really. It's a good song with a mysterious groove, but it doesn't match the quality of the preceding smashes. This was Gibb's final Top 10 entry. Although it hit #4, it is the least memorable of his top hits - in fact, I don't remember hearing it back in the day (or even now, as I have this song on the Bee Gees' "Mythology" box set and still didn't realize I'd heard it there).

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was originally recorded during the Bee Gees sessions for their album "Spirits Have Flown," but it was not selected for the album. Instead, they used the completed track and replaced Barry's lead vocal with Andy's and it became the first single off of Andy's final studio album, "After Dark."



  1. So bizarre that I never heard this song before, as I am a pretty huge Bee Gees fan. There's a very weird little calypso vein going underneath with a sort of Latin influenced box step dance beat too. Weird. I'm definitely more on the "Like It" fence, but I'm not sure why. Probably just the Bee Gees influence. - M

  2. It seems like couldn't figure out what they wanted the song to be so they tried to jam two styles together, not successfully. I like the chorus, but the rest just leaves me scratching my head.

  3. Chart Run: 44 - 22 - 13 - 10 - 8 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 9 - 20 - 39 - 83 - 99