Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"I Love My Truck" by Glen Campbell

Song#:  0718
Date:  08/22/1981
Debut:  96
Peak:  94
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Country, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Campbell's last pop chart entry was this tune recorded for the soundtrack to the movie "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" starring Kristy McNichol and Dennis Quaid. The song reached #15 on the country chart. Campbell would go on to have seven more country Top 10's throughout the 80s, but this one closed the pop chart chapter of his terrific career.

ReduxReview:  I just don't like dorky country tunes like this that are semi-funny and hokey and sounds like something Uncle Joe came up with on his porch while rockin' in his chair and strummin' his gee-tar. Bleh. I love prime era Campbell but at this point in his career the material was just not there. Oddly, he ended up issuing two awesome albums in 2008 ("Meet Glen Campbell") and 2011 ("Ghost on the Canvas") where his collabs with current rock artists harked back to his great hit-making days. Check 'em out. 

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  Also on the soundtrack were two songs by Tanya Tucker. At the time, Tucker and Campbell were in a relationship that was often volatile, which made great fodder for the tabloids. Tucker recorded the title track, which was a #1 hit for Vicki Lawrence in 1972. However, different lyrics were used and these provided the basis for the film's script, not the Southern gothic murder story told in Lawrence's version.


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