Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Living Eyes" by Bee Gees

Song#:  0810
Date:  11/07/1981
Debut:  84
Peak:  45
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The Bee Gee's first single of the decade, "He's a Liar," was a resounding thud. Haunted by their now-reviled disco days, the more rock-oriented tune couldn't overcome the disco stigma assigned to them. With the single peaking at #30 and fading fast, this second single was quickly issued. It did even worse by not getting into the Top 40, becoming their first single to miss that mark since 1974.

ReduxReview:  If a rock tune doesn't work, then why not try a ballad? Unfortunately, that didn't work either. There were still radio stations that refused to play any Bee Gees singles, even if the songs were non-disco. It was truly a crappy thing to do and the trio didn't deserve it. Had the backlash not happened, their music might have been better too. Their label forced them to get an album out and the material just wasn't among their best. "He's a Liar" was not a good song and this mid-tempo ballad was only slightly better.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Pop culture states that the group got their name by using the initials BG, which stood for "Brothers Gibb." This is actually false. The trio was named by Australian DJ Bill Gates. He came to know the brothers through race car driver/promoter Bill Goode. Goode had hired them as entertainment at the local race track. Since the initials of Gates, Goode, and Barry Gibb were all the same, Gates tagged them as the BG's. This was later updated to Bee Gees.


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