Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)" by Kano

Song#:  0860
Date:  12/26/1981
Debut:  91
Peak:  89
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  While disco was on the outs in the US, other forms of the genre were still popular in Europe. One post-disco sound mainly came from Italian artists who took disco and moved it into the 80s by incorporating more electronic instruments while singing in English. Italo-disco proved to be popular in Europe and Kano was an Italian group who was having some success. A few of their songs crossed the pond and ended up on the R&B and Dance charts in the US, but with the disco backlash still going, their songs were not getting very far. Their best pop effort was this single from their second album "New York Cake." Both the single and the album spent a few weeks circling the bottom of the charts becoming their only song/LP to do so. The group would issue a total of three albums and then call it a day.

ReduxReview:  It's odd that a lot of their album tracks fall into the electro-disco sound but their lone pop chart entry is a straight ahead R&B/funk tune. Maybe that is why it hit since disco was on the outs. The song is better than what I expected as well. It's not outstanding, but it grooves along quite well and is a notch above the standard R&B songs that reach the pop chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Their first self-titled album featured song "I'm Ready," which got on the US R&B chart reaching #21. The song has been sampled many times with its opening synth line getting used in the 1993 #2 hit "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team. That song hit #1 on the R&B chart.


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