Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Back to the 60's" by Tight Fit

Song#:  0771
Date:  10/10/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  89
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This "group" came about when UK producer Ken Gold decided to cash in on the new medley craze (ala Stars on 45). He assembled some studio singers, created this medley of hits from the 60s, and listed it as by the group Tight Fit. It became a hit in the UK reaching #4 with a Part 2 follow-up getting to #33. The following year another producer used session singers for a version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and issued it under the same moniker. The song was an unexpected hit reaching #1. The success called for an actual group to be formed and so a trio of singers were hired to become the real Tight Fit. They had one additional success with the single "Fantasy Island" (UK #5), but after one album the group splintered due to royalty and contract issues and eventually they were done. In the US, this was Tight Fit's only chart entry and it was very minor since it debuted and peaked at the same low position.

ReduxReview:  Bleh - another one. The thing about this one is that they seem to try and mimic the originals but really don't even come close. At least Stars on 45 did quite well at imitating the original recordings. I guess if I had to say anything positive, it would be that the tune is well-constructed. Other than that, besides trying to make money off of a fad, there was no reason for this to exist.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  One of the session singers for this song was Martin Page. He later had success as a songwriter ("We Built This City" by Starship and "These Dreams" by Heart) and as a solo artist. His single "In the House of Stone and Light" reach #14 in 1994.


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