Monday, May 26, 2014

"Crazy (Keep on Falling)" by The John Hall Band

Song#:  0862
Date:  12/26/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  42
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Hall's music career started with a band called Kangaroo who issued an LP in 1968 for MGM. A few years after the group's break-up, Hall founded a group that would have some good chart success. Orleans would have a pair of Top 10's in 1975 and 1976 with "Dance with Me" (#6) and "Still the One" (#5). But the usual musical direction/group tension issues crept up and Hall left the group in 1977 for a solo career. After a couple of failed solo discs, Hall formed a new band and The John Hall Band released their album "All of the Above." It wasn't a hit, but it did generate this single that just missed out on the Top 40.

ReduxReview:  This sounds vaguely Clapton-ish to me. I'm a little surprised it got as high as it did on the chart. It just doesn't sound like good pop chart fare to me. The tune is pretty good and the chorus fairly solid, but there is nothing here that would attract me if I heard it on the radio.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Throughout his music career, Hall was involved with various community action groups and some political issues, including co-producing 1979's "No Nukes" protest concert recording (which featured Bruce Springsteen's first live released performance with the E Street Band). When he was dissatisfied with how things were going in his community, Hall ran for political office in New York and was elected to the House of Representatives. He served in the seat for four years beginning in 2007. After being defeated in a re-election, he decided not to run again. He continues to work with his old band Orleans on occasion.


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