Monday, October 28, 2013

"Rain in May" by Max Werner

Song#:  0597
Date:  05/16/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  74
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Werner spent most of the 70s as the lead singer of the successful Dutch prog-rock group Kayak. That group didn't gain a huge following in the US, but they did get one single on the chart with 1978's "I Want You to Be Mine" (#55). He remained with the band until their breakup in 1982, but before that he began a solo career and his second LP "Seasons" featured this slight chart entry. It would be his only one to reach the chart. The song was a hit in his native Netherlands (#6) and reached #2 in Germany.

ReduxReview:  I like an oddball single on occasion and this certainly is one. It's kind of a sing-songy tune that almost sounds like a weird combination of Peter Gabriel and Abba. Frankly, I can't even imagine this on US pop radio. It just seems so out of place. I kind of like it, but I also find it a bit annoying. Either way, it is an interesting listing.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Werner was lead singer of Kayak on their first five albums. He moved over to playing drums on the rest of the albums prior to the band's break-up. Oddly, it was the group's first album with new lead singer Edward Reekers (with Werner now on drums) that they scored their biggest Dutch hit, the #6 "Ruthless Queen."


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