Monday, October 15, 2012

"Love On the Phone" by Suzanne Fellini

Song#:  0087
Date:  03/15/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  87
Weeks:  2
Genre:  New Wave, Rock



Pop Bits:  This one was almost a 1-week wonder! Suzanne Fellini recorded one album for Casablanca and, as far as I can tell, it was her one and only recording. Apparently there were contract issues and her follow-up album never materialized. Can't find too much else about her except that she apparently is a music teacher at PS166 in NYC, which is the Richard Rodgers School of the Arts and Technology.

ReduxReview:  At first I didn't like this. I thought it was an imitation of Blondie (Brunettie?) with some lyrics about phone sex that I'm sure did not go over too well at the time. But the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. She is kind of punk-ish and sounds like she could rock it out; as if she was the love child of Debbie Harry and Patti Smith whose sister is Pat Benatar. Interesting for sure.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  I did find that in 1982 she provided vocals for Peter Criss' third solo album, "Let Me Rock You." Due to poor sales of his previous album, it was not released in the US until it came out on CD in 1997. The cover features Criss without his Kiss makup, which pre-dates the full band doing so on "Lick It Up" in 1983.

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