Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Let's Go 'Round Again" by Average White Band

Song#:  0224
Date:  06/21/1980
Debut:  76
Peak:  53
Weeks:  8
Genre:  R&B, Disco, Pop

Pop Bits:  The Average White Band was primarily white, but they were not average. The Scottish group based their sound in R&B and funk and were able to successfully crossover on the pop and R&B charts beginning in 1974 with their smash #1 instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." They continued to place songs on the charts and sell albums throughout the 70s, but they seemed to be running out of steam when their first album of the 80s, "Shine," barely scratched the album chart. It's smoother, jazzier sound (courtesy of producer David Foster) didn't entice fans and this first single couldn't muster up much support. In fact, it would be their final single to get on the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This is not a bad song, but when you compare it to something like "Pick Up the Pieces," it really pales in comparison. They seemed to have lost the funk by this time and it showed. But it's a nice, smooth dance groove that is listenable, if a little bland.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Okay, so how do you end up with a band name like this? Apparently, the band had a friend who was a British Diplomat and he was famous for using a phrase like "too much for the average white man," such as "Africa is just too hot for the average white man." The band pick up on it and used it for their name as a tongue-in-cheek reference to how average they were not.


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