Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by Nielsen/Pearson

Song#:  0696
Date:  08/08/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  56
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore by Nielsen/Pearson on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  This West Coast pop duo had a minor entry from their second album the previous year with "If You Should Sail," which hit #38. Before forging on with a new follow-up album, the duo recorded and released this one-off single that nearly cracked the top half of the chart. The song was not included on their next LP, "Blind Luck" (1983), which itself had no singles reach the chart. The duo called it quits after its release. That leaves this single as their final pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  I've loved this song so much ever since it was an integral part to the 1990 film "Truly, Madly, Deeply." That version by The Walker Brothers (see below) was just so classic and brilliant. Years later I'd end up totally obsessed with the Walker's and member Scott Walker. This song started it all. It's just a great tune. Unfortunately, I'm not in love with this version. It's...so...slow. I'm not sure why they slowed down the tempo. I mean, the original versions are not danceable themselves, but they kind of move along at a good mid-tempo pace. It just sounds lazy. They get a nice retro sound going for it, but it's totally killed by the tempo.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was originally recorded and released by Frankie Valli in 1965. Valli's single did not chart, but the song ended up being a hit the following year by The Walker Brothers who took it to #13 (#1 UK). Several other artists have recorded the song including Cher (#26 UK, 1995), Neil Diamond, Air Supply, and in 2004 by the British band Keane.


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