Friday, April 18, 2014

"The Jam Was Moving" by Debbie Harry

Song#:  0803
Date:  10/31/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  82
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  Harry's first solo single "Backfired" certainly did just that. The song from her debut solo album "KooKoo" tanked only reaching #43. This second single couldn't even get out of the basement as it debuted and peaked at the same #82 position. Although the album did reach gold status in the US, it was considered a major disappointment since it came out soon after Blondie's back-to-back #1's "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High."

ReduxReview:  "KooKoo" was a pretty awful album but even amidst garbage you can sometimes find a treasure. Although I wouldn't call this song a true buried treasure, it is about the only tune on the album worth salvaging. It probably should have been the lead single instead of coming out after the bomb "Backfired."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  When Harry first began her music career she became a back-up vocalist for the group The Wind in the Willows. They were a folk-rock outfit who got signed to Capitol Records and issued a debut album in 1968. The album barely made the chart peaking at a lowly #195. A second album was in the works, but was never released and the group disintegrated.


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