Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"The Very Last Time" by Utopia

Song#:  0202
Date:  06/07/1980
Debut:  80
Peak:  76
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Happy New Year to everyone! It may be 2013 now, but it is still the 80s here!

Pop Bits:  Although not as successful as their previous (and only) Top 40 single ("Set Me Free"), this second song from the "Adventures in Utopia" album kept up the momentum for the band. But it would be short-lived as their next two concept albums would fail to gain any ground or produce any chart singles.

ReduxReview:  The last Utopia chart song "Set Me Free" (Redux #0068) I thought was very similar to Billy Joel. This one I could have easily mistaken for a Jefferson Starship song save for the vocals. I need to explore Utopia a bit more because I'm sure not all their songs sound like someone else's...hopefully. For a JS knockoff, this one ain't too bad.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Original band member Ralph Schuckett later became a successful TV and film composer. Besides writing music for many commercials, Schuckett also wrote TV theme songs such as the ones for the sitcom "Kate & Allie" and the daytime soap "Another World." The theme song from "Another World" became a #4 country hit for Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris in 1987.


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