Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Fantasy Girl" by 38 Special

Song#:  0628
Date:  06/06/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  52
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Southern Rock

Pop Bits:  This band was coming off their rock radio staple "Hold On Loosely" (#27 pop, #3 Mainstream Rock) when this second single from their "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" album was issued. It couldn't make as much headway as the first, but did make it about halfway up the chart and it helped to make the album the group's first platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Following up a song like "Hold On Loosely" has got to be tough and I think they were going for a similar sounding tune on this one. The song is pretty good, but I'm not sure it makes the best single. Both songs share a couple of the same writers, so it may have seemed like a good choice. I think the peak may have shown that it may not have been.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  38 Special's producer, Rodney Mills, would go on to work with the group on nine of their albums. He would also work as engineer and/or producer for other Southern Rock outfits like Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Allman Brothers, and the Doobie Brothers.  But an oddity among all this rock is his engineering credit for Alicia Bridges' debut album and her hit disco single "I Love the Nightlife" (#5, 1978).


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