Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0683
Date:  07/25/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  4
Weeks:  25
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  This theme to the James Bond film with the same title was really intended for either Dusty Springfield or Donna Summer, but plucky new artist Easton was pitched to co-writer Bill Conti, who was not initially impressed with the Scottish singer. But after meeting her, he decided to get her in the studio and the result was this Oscar-nominated song. It would be Easton's second Top 10 hit and it provided a boost to her new career. The song also gave her the distinction of being the only singer of a Bond theme song to be seen singing the song in the film. Her sexy montage over the opening credits became a memorable Bond film moment. Easton received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocalist for her performance of the song.

ReduxReview:  The songwriters were lucky to get an easy Bond title that could be a song title as well. And they didn't disappoint. I've always thought this was a terrific 80s ballad and Easton does a bang-up job with it. Whether it is one of the great Bond themes or not, at least it is one that folks usually remember and the fourth best-charting theme of the series thus far.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  After discovering the title to the upcoming Bond film, Blondie's Deborah Harry and Chris Stein wrote a song called "For Your Eyes Only" in hopes that it would be chosen for the film. Also in the running was the Bill Conti/Mick Leeson song and the producers preferred their contemporary ballad to Blondie's more rock-oriented tune. Although their song was not chosen, Blondie was offered to perform the selected song for the film but they turned it down. Blondie's song was eventually released on their 1982 album "The Hunter."


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