Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Sexy Eyes" by Dr. Hook

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0056
Date:  02/16/1980
Debut:  71
Peak:  5
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Dr. Hook had a good decade run on the charts. Originally known as Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, the name was shortened after they declared bankruptcy in 1974, which got out of their record contract. Signed to Capitol next, they continued to have hits like "Sharing the Night Together." The band's initial sound was a mix of rock, country and folk (sometimes bordering on novelty), but they turned to a smoother pop sound in their Capitol years. "Sexy Eyes" was their sixth and last Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  Probably because the band's main hits were all in the 70s, I didn't realize this was on the chart in 1980. At the time I remember not really liking the song and I wasn't a big fan of the group. Their smooth pop was like "mom music" where a mom hums and dreamily sways around the house when this is on the radio. I'm still not a big fan, but I appreciate the song better now and it does have a jazzy, sensual groove that is alluring.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The group got their break when they were asked to perform the songs for the film "Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?" The songs were written by Shel Silverstein (poet, cartoonist, author of "A Light in the Attic). The association continued after the film as Silverstein wrote the songs for the groups first two albums.



  1. I really like the earlier Medicine Show stuff a lot better, but this is a pretty good mock up of a R&B song. Not a fan of the AOR, but this has some nice flute tootling.

  2. Chart Run: 71 - 61 - 55 - 48 - 31 - 26 - 22 - 18 - 15 - 13 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 5 - 16 - 19 - 23 - 57 - 98