Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Just So Lonely" by Get Wet

Song#:  0580
Date:  04/25/1981
Debut:  80
Peak:  39
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The duo of Sherri Beachfront and Zecca Esquibel met, fell in love, and formed a musical partnership that got them signed to Boardwalk Records. Their self-titled debut album was issued with this song being the first single. It just barely cracked the Top 40, which seemed to suggest that the group could go places. Unfortunately, the head of their label died and the label eventually folded. That left the duo without a contract and they ended things both professionally and personally. This would be their only chart entry.

ReduxReview:  They have a cool retro-rock, power pop sound and the song is kind of catchy. Apparently Beachfront had a kind of day-glo/retro/thrift shop look and has come just short of saying that Cyndi Lauper took her look (but will say she was the better singer!). She does have a solid voice and sells this song well (and really knocks out one off the album called "It's You It's Me"). It's a shame this group didn't go further. They are fun.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Esquibel was in the punk band Cherry Vanilla in the late 70s. Sting and Stewart Copeland of The Police played in the band for a stretch in exchange for their group (The Police) getting the opening slot on the tour.  2) Beachfront had an unfortunate dive into drugs after Get Wet split and was even destitute and homeless for a point. She sought help and went into recovery. However, years later when taking a blood test for a marriage license, she tested HIV-positive. Since then she has been very pro-active in support for folks with HIV and has a podcast called "Straight Girl in a Queer World" that interviews activists and others in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


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