Thursday, November 8, 2012

"You've Got What I Needed" by Shooting Star

Song#:  0126
Date:  04/12/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  76
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  This Kansas City band always seemed on the brink of making it big but despite several tries they only managed to sit on the edge of stardom with a loyal fan base backing them. Their first brush was being signed by Arista in England, but they were dropped soon after. They got a second chance when Virgin Records (UK) signed them in 1978. So back to England the group went to record their debut album which yielded this minor chart entry. The group would continue to bubble under for many years recording albums and touring with big A-list bands like REO Speedwagon, Heart, and ZZ Top. They would go on to have a couple more small hits but they just never seemed to be able to break wide.

ReduxReview:  As with most of their material, this is a solid rock track. I think they needed one really, really great track to push them and I don't think they were able to come up with it. Again, they came close but I guess it just wasn't in the cards for them. But if you like this type of 80s rock, look them up.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Shooting Star would be the first American band signed by Virgin Records - a UK label. When they went to England to record their first album, it ended up being produced by Gus Dudgeon - Elton John's long-time producer.


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