Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Gypsy Spirit" by Pendulum

Song#:  0418
Date:  11/29/1980
Debut:  98
Peak:  89
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  There is not a lot of information on this group but I've found that they were from Long Beach, California and were a trio. Two members were David Quintana and Paul Kenny. The group was signed to Venture Records and this single, written by Quintana, was issued. It seems Venture had some money problems and couldn't really promote the group. But it seemed to be enough to get this song on the chart. The group disbanded in 1982.

ReduxReview:  Wow. Where to begin. This is such an odd single. It's a strange mix of European-ish disco and something theatrical like "Phantom of the Opera" with a little Styx-ish arena rock tossed in. Frankly, it is pretty awful, but I'd have to saw awful in a good way. It is just so weird that I feel compelled to like it. I think it is one of those "so bad it is good" songs. Not sure what else the band came up with but I guess I'll find out - I found a vinyl copy of the album and ordered it. Hope it is just as cray-cray as this song.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  On a pressing of the 45, the label says the artist is "Pendulum" and it is from their album "Just Bitchin'," but I don't see any evidence that this album existed. However, it appears at some point there was a slight change to the name and an album did come out. "Pendullum" released the album "Don't Make Me Eat" which included this song and another called "Without You" that was a single issued under the "Pendullum" name.


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