Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Trickle Trickle" by The Manhattan Transfer

Song#:  0423
Date:  11/29/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  73
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The Transfer followed up their #30 novelty disco tune "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" with this old-fashioned 50's confection. This style of pop single was not really in favor at the time and the song didn't really change any minds as it spent most of its chart life in the bottom quarter.

ReduxReview:   It is hard to resist this fun song. Although there were better songs on their "Extensions" album, they probably would not make the best singles. "Birdland," a show choir staple, was really popular at the time, but at 6+minutes, it was a bit too long. So this was probably the best option for a single. It didn't do well, which I can understand, but it is still very enjoyable.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of a 1958 single by the doo-wop group The Videos. This group won a recording contract due to placing second at an amateur night at the Apollo Theater. This song, written by group member Charlie Bassett, was the a-side of the single they recorded for Casino Records. They recorded a follow-up single, but soon after that, two members unfortunately died and that pretty much ended the group's career.


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