Friday, September 7, 2012

"I'm Alive" by Gamma

Song#:  0005
Date:  01/05/1980
Debut: 81
Peak: 60
Weeks: 6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits: Gamma was formed by Ronnie Montrose a couple years after his group Montrose called it a day. This song was their first single and was a remake of the Hollies first UK #1 hit in 1965. Gamma's first three albums sold moderately well, but without much push from the record label they kind of faded to the side (and gave it one more go in 2000 with little success).

ReduxReview: As a huge Hollies fan, I've always loved this song. Gamma moves the song into the 80s with a futuristic feel featuring spacey synth swirls and vocoder backing vocals. It's still a good song, but Gamma's updated space-rock version still can't touch the Hollies' great harmonies.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  For their third album, Gamma replaced one of their band members with Mitchell Froom, who went on to become an ├╝ber-producer in the 90s with Suzanne Vega, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, etc.



  1. This probably felt like more of a 6 to me. I originally was thinking "meh," but then I was thinking to myself "It had a pretty sweet Montrose solo and it, and the keyboard twiddling made me laugh." - M

  2. Chart Run: 81 - 80 - 70 - 62 - 60 - 100