Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" by The Korgis

Song#:  0361
Date:  10/11/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  18
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This UK band consisted mainly of the duo Andy Davis and James Warren who were previously in the cult prog-rock band Stackridge, who had some success in the 70s. When they disbanded initially in 1976, Davis and Warren moved on to form The Korgis. Their self-titled 1979 debut album yielded a #13 UK hit with "If I Had You," while their sophomore LP "Dumb Waiter" provided this hit - their biggest in the UK (#3) and their only US chart entry. By the time of their third album, the duo was splintered and they were dropped by their label. They reformed for an album in 1990 and re-recorded this song, but the reunion was short-lived and the duo split once again.

ReduxReview:  I think this is one of those unexpected hits. It's a very low-key, quiet, languid ballad which typically does not translate well to radio. However, it found an audience and went Top 20. I'm not sure if I remember this song, but it does sound vaguely familiar. I think I may remember it more from one of the cover versions - I have the album by The Dream Academy where they remade this song. I find it an interesting oddity.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The song has been covered numerous times by artists like The Dream Academy, Erasure, and Yazz. But cult movie-goers may recognize the version done by Beck. He recorded the song for the 2004 film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."


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