Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"I'll Fall in Love Again" by Sammy Hagar

Song#:  0897
Date:  01/30/1982
Debut:  83
Peak:  43
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After performing with several bands in the late 60s/early 70s, Hagar got a taste of success when he became the lead singer of the group Montrose. Although not hugely successful at the time, the group's self-titled debut has become a kind of classic to may rock aficionados. Hagar did one more album with the group before leaving for a solo career. He place a few minor singles on the chart, but overall his career was not really taking off. Looking for a new direction, he jumped over to the Geffen label and released the LP "Standing Hampton." It would go on to be his best selling solo album thanks to this first single that reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart and almost got into the pop Top 40.

ReduxReview:  Hagar has a knack for churning out some solid pop/rock tunes and this is no exception. He hits the sweet spot here and its a highlight from his solo days. I think it deserved better than the #43 peak, but at least rock radio embraced it. I remember that the "Standing Hampton" album was quite popular in high school. I wasn't really into it at the time but became fond of it in later years.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song found its way onto the soundtrack to the 1985 film "Vision Quest," which was famous for Madonna's #1 hit "Crazy for You."  2) The LP's title stems from a Cockney term where a "hampton" was slang for penis. Therefore, a "standing hampton" is an erect penis. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, 12-year-old chuckles...


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