Saturday, March 2, 2013

"When the Spirit Moves You" by Touch

Song#:  0268
Date:  07/26/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  65
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock



Pop Bits:  Touch grew out of a previous band called American Tears. That group was signed to Columbia and released three unsuccessful albums. After the band dissolved, three members of the band continued on and formed Touch with one other musician and got their self-titled debut album out in 1980 on Atco. This first single from the quartet got some attention and almost got mid-chart. A follow-up single would soon do just about as well.

ReduxReview:  This keyboard-driven pop/rock tune has a lot of influences mashed into it. Kind of sounds like Styx and Queen got together with Pilot for a three-way and this was the resulting mess. It's actually a fun song, but seems more rooted in the 70s than the 80s. But having keyboards drive the song would soon be a trademark of the 80s - just a bit more synthier and mechanical though.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Band member, songwriter, and lead singer Mark Mangold would have further success writing with/for other artists. His most successful effort was a song he co-wrote with Michael Bolton. "I Found Someone" was eventually recorded by Cher and hit the Top 10.

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