Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Breakdown Dead Ahead" by Boz Scaggs

Song#:  0111
Date:  03/29/1980
Debut:  65
Peak:  15
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  Scaggs had hit it big a few years earlier with his album "Silk Degrees" and its #3 single "Lowdown." His follow-up album "Down Two Then Left" was far less successful and failed to produce a Top 40 hit. He returned to form with "Middle Man" and was able to score two Top 20 hits. This rock-oriented tune was the first of them.

ReduxReview:  Scaggs' music is strange for me. I'm familiar with it and know song titles, but if you asked me to sing something from one of them I think the only one I could do is "Lido Shuffle." The others I have to re-listen to in order to remember what they sound like. From his biggest hit "Lowdown" I can only remember the flute line. It's all good music - either blue-eyed soul or soft rock - but it is not incredibly memorable for me. This song is rockier than some of his other songs, but I still couldn't remember it until I heard it. I think if Billy Joel's music had a baby with a Van Morrison tune, this might be the result.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  His real name is William Royce Scaggs. When he attended school in Dallas, one of his classmates gave him the nickname of Bosley. This eventually got shortened by a syllable and he became known as Boz.

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