Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Right Away" by Hawks

Song#:  0528
Date:  03/14/1981
Debut:  81
Peak:  63
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Right Away by The Hawks on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  Talk about a small town band, here is one from the tiny town of Otho, Iowa (which is about 90 miles outside of Des Moines and has a population of around 500). The band was hastily formed when demos that Frank Weiwel did got some attention at both Columbia and Capitol. The labels wanted to see the band performer, but the problem was there wasn't one. So Weiwel quickly got one assembled and scheduled performances. Columbia liked what they saw and signed the band. Their self-titled debut featured this minor chart entry, but as with a lot of other bands signed at the time it was two-and-out when their second album "30 Seconds Over Otho" failed to do any business. The group self-released a third album, but called it quits after that.

ReduxReview:  This is a nice tune, but I'm not sure if the chorus is really strong enough to have pushed it any further on the chart. Portions of the song sound similar to a few other bands at the time, but yet it all sounds original. It's an interesting listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The group got their name by forming the word Hawks buy using the first letter of each band members last name.  2) The group was inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association hall of fame in 2007.


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