Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Sausalito Summernight" by Diesel

Song#:  0738
Date:  09/12/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  25
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Dutch group released their first album, "Watts in the Tank," in the Netherlands in 1980. It spawned a few middling chart hits there including this single. It seemed to be enough to take the album to a broader audience and a year later it was issued in the US. This song became their only US pop chart entry making it into the Top 30. However, in Canada it was very popular and hit #1. The group would issue a second album, but it failed to do any business and the group called it quits in 1985.

ReduxReview:  This is one of those singles that didn't do real well when it came out but became a popular tune later for those who love 80s pop. I'm one of them. I didn't really latch onto this song back then, although I did like it. Then later on I found it on an 80s compilation and I got hooked. It's a fun single with a nice guitar lick and interesting vocal parts.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The band was founded by Pim Kooperman, who was also a co-founding member of the Dutch prog-rock band Kayak. Another co-founding member of Kayak, Max Werner, had just finished up a short run on the US pop chart with his solo outing "Rain in May" (#74). Both of them left Kayak in the mid-70s and rejoined in 1999. Werner left a year later, but Kooperman stayed with Kayak until his death in 2009.


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