Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Almost Saturday Night" by Dave Edmunds

Song#:  0591
Date:  05/09/1981
Debut:  87
Peak:  54
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  As a solo act, Edmunds got off to a great start back in 1970 with his #4 hit "I Hear You Knocking." But label issues caused any momentum from the single to wane and subsequent releases didn't fare well on the chart. Fast forward to later in the 70s and Edmunds association with Nick Lowe. Together, their band Rockpile would back both artists' solo albums and then finally issue a formal group disc in 1980. That LP's lead single "Teacher Teacher" reach #51 and following that success Edmunds issued the solo album "Twangin..." Most of the tracks had already been recorded in previous sessions with Rockpile and it would be the last Edmunds album to feature the group. This first single got near the Top 50 and was his best showing solo single since his 1970 hit.

ReduxReview:  A good chunk of Edmunds work revolves around rockabilly, which is not one of my favorite genres. However, this song doesn't fall in that category and it rocks out pretty good. It took me a little bit by surprise as I expected to not like it. But I got hooked right away and I really enjoyed it, even though it is a shorty (just over 2 min.). It has a little bit more urgency than the original (see below) and I like that as well.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Most of the songs on the LP were remakes including this single. The song, written by John Fogerty, was originally released on Fogerty's 1975 self-titled solo album. It was released as a single and it hit #78.  2) One track on the LP, "The Race Is On," featured The Stray Cats. The association between the two artists comes from Edmunds producing their hit debut album.


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