Friday, January 3, 2014

"Pay You Back with Interest" by Gary O'

Song#:  0671
Date:  07/18/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  70
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Canadian Gary O'Connor was a member of few groups in the 60's and 70s that had a couple of singles get some solid airplay. But after his last group folded, he shortened his name and struck out on his own recording his self-titled solo LP. The first single, "I Believe in You," was a hit in Canada and this second single crossed the border and became his only song to reach the US chart. His second album featured another Canadian hit, "Shades of 45," which was about the Enola Gay. The LP would be his last solo effort and he would move on to just being a songwriter for other artists like Eddy Money and 38 Special.

ReduxReview:  As a big fan of the Hollies (see below), this is one of their top songs. Unfortunately, it wasn't one of their biggest hits. It's a great song, so any attention drawn to the song is good. Gary O' does a nice job with the song and updates it into a steady pop/rock tune. The Hollies' version comes with a shift in tempo/time between the verses and chorus, which makes it memorable and interesting. Gary O' keeps it at the same time signature which still works for the song, but it is just not as effective as The Hollies' version.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although he was known as a songwriter, this single was actually a remake of an old hit from The Hollies. The song, written by members of the group including Graham Nash, reached #28 in 1967. The single was only issued in the US and not in their UK homeland.


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