Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Lover" by Michael Stanley Band

Song#:  0545
Date:  03/28/1981
Debut:  84
Peak:  68
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After five years and five albums without much national success, the band finally got a break when their song "He Can't Love You" finally broke through to #33. This follow-up single from their album "Heartland" did only about half as well, but it kept them on the charts for a few weeks more.

ReduxReview:  "He Can't Love You" was a fun, upbeat jam, so this one is a bit darker in comparison and sounds like Manfred Mann covering Springsteen again. It's probably just as good a tune as the other song, but maybe not as good of a single. I do like the line "thank God for the man who put the white lines on the highway."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The band has always been huge in their hometown of Cleveland and the surrounding areas. It was then appropriate that Stanley did a guest appearance as himself on an episode of "The Drew Carey Show," which is set in the town of Parma, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.


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