Thursday, April 10, 2014

"La La Means I Love You" by Tierra

Song#:  0790
Date:  10/24/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  72
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Tierra's previous album "City Nights" contained their #18 version of The Intruders song "Together." For their next album, "Together Again," they took the remake route again for this first single. It didn't pay off as well this time around as it barely made it out of the bottom quarter of the chart. Unfortunately, it would also be their last single to reach the pop chart. The group would continue to record albums over the years and remain a popular live act.

ReduxReview:  Tierra does a good with this R&B classic. They up the tempo slightly and add their horn section in a nice arrangement with the strings. The also add the chorus line to The Delfonics' (see below) other hit "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" (#10, 1970), which is a cool reference. It's a pleasant listen and it probably should have been supported a bit more at pop radio.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of the 1968 hit by The Delfonics. Written by Thom Bell and William Hart, the song reached #4 at pop and #2 R&B. It was the group's biggest charting hit. The song has been covered by many artists including The Jackson 5, Prince, Todd Rundgren, The Manhattan Transfer, and Laura Nyro. But the versions by The Delfonics and Tierra remain the only ones to reach the pop chart.


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