Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Us and Love (We Go Together)" by Kenny Nolan

Song#:  0034
Date:  02/02/1980
Debut:  87
Peak:  44
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop, Easy Listening

Pop Bits:  As a performer, Nolan had success with his #3 hit in 1976 "I Like Dreamin'." He continued with another mellow Top 20 hit "Love's Grown Deep." His nice guy looks and sunshine voice was perfect for these AM nuggets. "Us and Love" ended up being his final chart single. He continued to record with little solo success, but he remained a successful songwriter with Atlantic Starr taking his song "Masterpiece" to #3 in 1992.

ReduxReview:  Nolan has obviously written some quality songs (I do admit that I do have "Love's Grown Deep" in my collection), but this just pure pabulum. What's weird about his voice is that he sounds like he is singing with a permanent smile on his face. And the various ways they go together in the chorus makes me cringe. Believe me, I loves me some sweet sugary songs, but this one sends my saccharine meter into a tizzy. I need 10cc's of...well...10cc, stat!

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Prior to his solo career, Nolan had already written hits for others that, for the most part, have little in common with his easy style. With Bob Crewe he co-wrote LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lette's "Get Dancing," and Frankie Valli's "My Eyes Adored You."



  1. 1. It sounds like a bad Bee Gees effort.
    2. Us & Love. Terrible English.

    - M

  2. Actually, "Love and Us," but I suppose that I have a slight dislike for this pronoun.

  3. Chart Run: 87 - 76 - 63 - 57 - 51 - 47 - 44 - 68