Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Morning Train (Nine to Five)" by Sheena Easton

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Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0498
Date:  02/14/1981
Debut:  74
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Easton's background story of trying to break into the music business was all captured on film for the British TV series, "The Big Time," which took amateurs from different trades and put them in professional situations to see how they fared. For Easton, the show was a catalyst and she ended up getting a record deal with EMI. Her first UK single, "Modern Girl," was released before the show aired and didn't do well peaking at #56, but after the airing, this second single shot to #3 on the UK chart. The success of the song prompted a US release and it became Easton's first and only #1 Stateside hit. She quickly went from the show "The Big Time" to the actual big time eventually racking up eight Top 10 hits.

ReduxReview:  Honestly, this is a dorky pop song, but it is just so fun and well-done. For me it is one of those songs that starts and you go "oy, not this again." And then by the chorus you are singing and bopping along. It's just a happy tune and its hard not to smile when it is on. (And so innocent when compared to her later Princely "Sugar Walls" naughty era.)

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The original title of this song is "9 to 5" and that is what it was released as all around the world - except for the US. At the time, Dolly Parton was about to hit #1 with her same-titled song. So to avoid any confusion, the US release was re-titled as "Morning Train."


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