Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Goodnight My Love" by Mike Pinera

Song#:  0002
Date:  01/05/80
Debut:  86
Peak:  70
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop



PopBits:  Second song into the 80s and already something interesting. Pinera wrote and had a hit with Blues Image in 1970 with "Ride Captain Ride" and then moved over to Iron Butterfly in 1971. Along the way he helped discover Black Oak Arkansas and later worked with Alice Cooper on "Special Forces" and "Zipper Catches Skin." I mention all this because the groups and artists Pinera worked with are pretty rockin'. So one would expect the solo material to be along those lines...

ReduxReview:  ...not quite. Pinera's only solo chart hit is a sweet ballad that has more in common with 70s smooth pop from the likes of Bread rather than the previously mentioned rockers. It's not a bad little song but gets dated by the sappy background "aaahh's." Take those out and country-up the arrangement a bit and I could hear this as an Eagles track.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  According to Pinera's website, Alice Cooper is quoted as saying that "Mike Pinera is the Mr. Rodgers of rock and roll."

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