Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Turn and Walk Away" by The Babys

Song#:  0404
Date:  11/15/1980
Debut:  79
Peak:  42
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Babys' previous album "Union Jacks" only yielded one Top 40 song, the #33 "Back on My Feet Again," and while on tour for the album, the group recorded the follow-up. "On the Edge" would prove to be their final studio album and this first single their last chart entry. The lack of major success seemed to be a contributing factor/decision to disband the group. For some reason, the group just couldn't get the popularity and accolades they sought, so instead of continuing on they went their separate ways.

ReduxReview:  I think The Babys were always just on the edge of being hugely successful. They had some terrific singles that should have done much better ("Isn't It Time" and "Back On My Feet Again" both reached #13), but they lacked a full killer album and one major hit to put them over the top. But I guess it wasn't meant to be. This final chart single wasn't quite as good as some of their previous efforts, but it was a solid tune and good addition to their catalog.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After the break-up, a couple of members went on to more successful careers. Jonathan Cain join Journey for their most successful period and John Waite found himself at the top of the chart in 1984 with "Missing You." Both Cain and Waite would later form the supergroup Bad English who reached #1 in 1989 with the power ballad "When I See You Smile."


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