Monday, June 17, 2013

"Time Is Time" by Andy Gibb

Song#:  0413
Date:  11/22/1980
Debut:  65
Peak:  15
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Gibb's "After Dark" album signaled a decline in his output with only "Desire" cracking the Top 10 at #4. It was around this time that his drug habit was taking its toll on the singer and his career. He had one final album to fulfill his contract with RSO and the label decided to issue a greatest hits package that included three new recordings including this first single. The rockier tune couldn't break into the Top 10 and was his last to reach the Top 20. Due to his unfortunate drug habit that resulted in behavior issues, RSO dropped Gibb from the label. Although Gibb would record a few songs later in the 80s before his death in 1988, "Andy Gibbs' Greatest Hits" would prove to be his final solo album featuring new material.

ReduxReview:  Written by Barry and Andy Gibb, this showed a direction on where Andy could have taken his music. It was a nice change after his disco-ish past recordings. But unfortunately he just kind of killed his career and didn't have time to recover and return. I like this song and think it made a good single. I actually think the production could have been beefed up a bit more to really rock out, but as-is I think it is an underrated and forgotten tune in his short catalog.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Around this time, Gibb was expanding into other areas such as the stage and TV. He performed in the LA cast of "The Pirates of Penzance" and for a short time took over the lead on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat." As mentioned in another post, he also co-hosted the TV countdown show "Solid Gold." However, due to his drug use he ended up being let go from both "Joseph" and "Solid Gold."


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