Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"Desire" by The Rockets

Song#:  0049
Date:  02/16/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  70
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Rockets came together in 1972 when two members of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels struck out and formed the band. They were popular and had a very good following in Detroit, along with Michigan in general. Their biggest national hit was the #30 Fleetwood Mac cover "Oh Well" in 1979. Five studio albums and one live set couldn't push them any further on the national radar and the band split in 1983.

ReduxReview:  I could see where this song would go over well on the bar circuit. It's kind of a good head nodder. It grew on me after repeated listens, but they still sound like a local band. Nothing really wrong with that, but there has to be a more universal sound if the plan is to break onto the national scene. Otherwise, this is pretty good Detroit rock.

(Side Note: I have a pet peeve of someone using "desire" and rhyming it with "fire" or "higher." It worked for The Doors, but that is about it. Otherwise, it's lazy lyric writing that has been used countless times. At least come up with a better rhyme. I prefer "I have a great desire - to win the lottery and retire."  See - much better.)

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Band member Dennis Robbins went on to better success as a country songwriter with several big hits including the #1 country songs "Two of a Kind (Working On a Full House)" by Garth Brooks and "The Church on Cumberland Road" by Shenandoah.


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