Monday, February 4, 2013

"Free Me" by Roger Daltrey

Song#:  0241
Date:  07/05/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  53
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock, Soundtrack



Pop Bits:  This solo-billed single from The Who's Roger Daltrey was the first lifted from the soundtrack to the film "McVicar." The album is basically a Daltrey solo disc where the other members of The Who made contributions. At the time, The Who had not released a new studio LP in a couple of years, so this soundtrack ended up being the next best thing. It also served as Daltrey's highest peaking solo album on the chart at #22.

ReduxReview:  This is quite a bombastic tune. It's kind of loud and Daltrey is right in your face with it all. I like it, but I can't imagine this on pop radio at the time - probably why I don't remember hearing this song at all.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The film "McVicar" is based on the true story of John McVicar (played by Roger Daltrey) who was deemed by Scotland Yard as "Public Enemy #1" based on his armed robberies. He was apprehended and put in prison, but ended up escaping a few times (and got re-captured). Eventually he served his sentence and was released on parole. While in prison, he received a degree in Sociology.  2) This song, along with others on the soundtrack, was written by Russ Ballard who was on the chart at the time with his own solo hit "On the Rebound" (Redux #0206).

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