Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Heroes" by The Commodores

Song#:  0338
Date:  09/20/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  54
Weeks:  9
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After the lackluster showing of "Old-Fashion Love" (#20), The Commodores released this second title-track single from their album "Heroes." Although it barely made it halfway up the pop chart, it did a little better on the R&B chart making it to #27. The group received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, for this song.

ReduxReview:  This is a nicely written ballad complete with inspirational lyrics. But I see it more as an album closer rather than a single. I had not heard this song before and after the bland "Old-Fashion Love," this is certainly far better, if just not a great single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The third single from the "Heroes" album was "Jesus Is Love," one of three gospel/inspirational songs on the album. The group was not really known for doing gospel songs on their albums, so the inclusion of these tunes were a bit unusual. The single did not hit the pop chart and was just a minor entry at R&B (#34). But it did get the group another Grammy nomination for Best Inspirational Performance.


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