Friday, January 10, 2014

"Chloe" by Elton John

Song#:  0678
Date:  07/25/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:   34
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Chloe by Elton John on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  John's first single from "The Fox," the #21 euro-beat "Nobody Wins," was a bit of a dud and this second single fared even worse. The drab ballad got into the Top 40, but it did very little in helping to promote the album. The song is the last part of a four-song piece that begins the b-side of the album. "Carla/Etude" and "Fanfare" preceded "Chloe" and on most CD replications of the album they are combined into one continuous track.

ReduxReview:  This is a tiresome ballad from John. It plays like a toss-off, which it kind of was since it was recorded in the sessions for his previous album "21 at 33." Although it reached the Top 40, it's a song that you won't find on a typical hits collection of John's. Long forgotten, it's a song that perhaps only diehard fans may remember (and like).

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  "The Fox" contained one of John's personal favorites, "Elton's Song." The tune describes a teenage boy's crush on another boy. The theme proved to be a bit controversial causing headlines in the UK. Videos were shot for all songs on "The Fox" and was one of the first video albums released. The video for this song was filmed in a school and done like a mini-movie following the song's lyrics. John was not seen in the video. The controversy over the lyrics was enough that in the UK the song was left off of the video album when initially released, due to objections from the school where it was filmed.


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