Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Headed for a Fall" by Firefall

Song#:  0130
Date:  04/12/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  35
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Soft Rock, Country Rock

Pop Bits:  Firefall was a minor-supergroup being made up of members of The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, and Spirit. Their soft country rock was an immediate hit with "You Are the Woman" hitting #9 in 1976. It would be their only Top 10 hit, but they had two other big songs that both peaked at #11, "Just Remember I Love You" and "Strange Way." They had just come off of their best-selling album "Elan" when this first single from the follow-up album "Undertow" was released. Although they would go on to have a few more albums under the Firefall moniker, due to internal struggles, drug, alcohol, and financial issues, this would be the last album with the original line-up.

ReduxReview:  This song is even darker than their previous hit "Strange Way" - probably too dark for pop radio at the time. It is a fairly good tune with a sound that reminds me of Dan Fogelberg. But if you were expecting something along the lines of the singles mentioned above, you may be disappointed.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The band took its name from a summer ritual called Firefall that took place in Yosemite National Park. Each night, burning hot embers would be dumped from atop Glacier Point in the park. The cascade of embers resembled a glowing waterfall. This started around 1872 and ended in 1968 when the park service decided a man-made event was not right for the park and the traffic issues it caused each evening were an increasing problem.


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