Sunday, February 23, 2014

"The Night Owls" by Little River Band

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0723
Date:  08/22/1981
Debut:  68
Peak:  6
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After two consecutive platinum albums, LRB released the LP "Time Exposure" and this first single got them their fifth Top 10 hit. Surprisingly, in their homeland of Australia, the single only reached #18 and would be the only single from the album to hit the chart. It would do better in the US with two further hit singles yet to come.

ReduxReview:  I'd say that this is my favorite LRB song. The slightly mysterious, minor tone with the nice harmony vocals and solid chorus equals one of their best moments. I usually just prefer their hits but the "Time Exposure" has a real oddball song called "Orbit Zero," which is about a spaceship of people (or aliens?) trying to find a planet to inhabit and are not having luck. I'm not sure what prompted them to do this song (as it is not their typical soft rock), but it's something interesting to check out.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The group's bass player left the band prior to recording this album and they were in need of a replacement. American Wayne Nelson was on tour in Jim Messina's band (they were opening up for LRB at the time) and he got offered the position. He became a member and in addition to playing bass, he supplied vocals and on this single he handled the lead vocals. He left the band 1996, but rejoined in 2000 as both the bass player and lead vocalist.


No comments:

Post a Comment