Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Running Back" by Eddie Money

Song#:  0371
Date:  09/13/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  78
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock, Reggae

Note:  Oops Alert! I don't know how I can do this, but I missed an entry along the way. Somehow I thought I had covered this, but I didn't. So this is a catch-up song that should have been posted with the 9/13/80 chart entries.

Pop Bits:  Brooklyn-born rocker Money started his recording career off pretty well with two significant rock radio songs from his self-titled debut from 1978. "Baby Hold On" (#11) and "Two Tickets to Paradise" (#22) helped his album reach #37 and go platinum. His follow-up album also reach platinum status, but only "Maybe I'm a Fool" reached the Top 40 (#22). His third album "Playing for Keeps" started off sluggish with the #46 single "Get a Move On," and from there is was kind of downhill. This second single could barely get a foothold on the chart and the lack of singles support pretty much sunk the album and it didn't even reach gold status. However, his best successes were still yet to come.

ReduxReview:  This reggae shuffle seems like an odd fit for Money. I've really only just heard straight-ahead rockers from him, so this is a little unusual. I can't say that it is bad and I appreciate him experimenting with other genre sounds, but I don't think it makes for a very good single.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Money's grandfather, father, and brother were all NYPD cops. Money also followed the family business and went into police training for a couple of years. But his love of music pushed him to quit the force and make a move to California to pursue music full-time.


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