Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Still" by John Schneider

Song#:  0751
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  69
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The success of his first single, a remake of "It's Now or Never" (#4 country, #14 pop), prompted this follow-up from his debut album. Unfortunately, it didn't grab as much attention and fizzled out before it could crack the top half of the chart. But thanks to the first single (and hit TV show - "The Dukes of Hazzard"), his album "Now or Never" did well and hit #37 on the pop chart (#8 country). While he would go on to top the country music charts, this album would be his best showing at pop.

ReduxReview:  Again, Schneider has a good voice but I just don't think it fits this type of pop. He ended up sounding far better as a country artist and as a Broadway singer. Here, all the soul is just sucked out of Richie's song (see below) thanks to his stiff delivery and an arrangement that borders on karaoke. It all just sounds like a quick cash-in project that capitalized on his TV popularity (which it probably was). But he did prove himself later with legit country hits. But this? Yikes...

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Yup, another remake. This time around he did a version of the 1979 #1 hit by The Commodores written by Lionel Richie.  2) This song was actually the b-side to his single "Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad." That song reached #13 at country but failed at pop. But then "Still" got some minor pop attention while not making it to the country chart.


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