Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Blues Brothers

Song#:  0195
Date:  05/31/1980
Debut:  77
Peak: 18
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B, Blues-Rock

Note: There will be no posts for the Christmas Eve/Christmas holidays. Have a very merry 80s Christmas!



Pop Bits:  I doubt it ever crossed their mind that when Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi donned bee costumes and performed a blues tune in a sketch on Saturday Night Live they would go on to revive some great soul/blues tunes, have a #1 album, and create a feature film as The Blues Brothers. But they did and did it well. The Bros phenomenon would be short-lived as the death of Belushi in 1982 would put a stop to the original duo, but the Bros would live on in different incarnations over the years featuring Ackroyd and others "brothers" such as Jim Belushi and John Goodman. The movie was a smash hit and the soundtrack featured this take on the Spencer Davis Group classic.

ReduxReview:  There were many back in the day that just considered The Blues Brothers a gimmick - a promotional/money making Hollywood thing. But really Ackroyd (and later Belushi) really listened to and studied blues and soul music. They were the real deal and not only performed on SNL as the musical guests, but also did tours and other live performances. I think their live shows were better than their studio work, but it is still not bad. Plus, it is hard to ruin such a great song as this. I wasn't a huge fan of the Blues Brothers, but I appreciate their work and the fact that they helped introduce a new generation to some great soul and blues classics.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  "The Blues Brothers" was the first film to be based off of characters stemming from Saturday Night Live. It is still the second-highest grossing of all SNL-based films behind 1992's "Wayne's World."

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