Monday, June 16, 2014

"If Looks Could Kill" by Player

Song#:  0888
Date:  01/23/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  48
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Player's fortunes quickly dwindled after their 1977 #1 debut single "Baby Come Back." They followed up with one more Top 10 single and then it all kind of fell apart. By 1981 they were left with only two original members in the group. They would struggle on to record their fourth and final album of the 80s, "Spies of Life." This first single didn't do much to revive the group, but it did get close to the Top 40. It would be their last single to reach the chart.

ReduxReview:  Okay, so think about that title - "If Looks Could Kill." It sounds pretty intense. Obviously someone is really pissed and is projecting something dangerous. Therefore, I'm expecting something a bit rockin', or dark and mysterious, to convey this feeling. But what I got was this mid-tempo MOR tune that kept up Player's soft rock ways. I was expecting a more adventurous direction and that certainly didn't happen. It's not a bad tune. I just think it is may be a matter of  not meeting expectations, which always ends up being disappointing.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  When the band originally signed to RSO Records, they did not have a name. Apparently, members were watching a movie on TV and when the credits began to roll it listed the actors as "Players." They dropped the "s" and the band name was born.


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