Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Seasons of Gold" by Gidea Park featuring Adrian Baker

Song#:  0886
Date:  01/23/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  82
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Baker was a UK singer/songwriter who issued a solo album in 1975 that featured a minor hit with a remake of The 4 Seasons' "Sherry." As the 80s started, he formed his own label in order to produce his own projects including Gidea Park, a "group" that really just consisted of Baker. Jumping on the hits medley craze at the time, Baker created both a Beach Boys and 4 Seasons medley and recorded them. "Beach Boy Gold" was issued as a single, but the Beach Boys' own medley at the time pretty much spoiled any potential success. Then this 4 Seasons medley was pushed out and got enough attention to ride the bottom of the chart for a few weeks. It would Gidea Park's only single to reach the chart.

ReduxReview:  This trend wore out its welcome real quick and this one didn't help. But it's not too awful to hear. I guess my question on all these is...why?  I mean, Stars on 45 was a fun fluke but why were folks hooking into all the rest of these imitators? Maybe nostalgia? Perhaps people like to dance to a series of recognizable snippets? It's a mystery to me. I just get bored with these medleys and would rather hear the real deals.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Baker had some better success in the US writing and producing songs for the disco group Liquid Gold. They had two songs reach the US chart with the best being the #45 "My Baby's Baby" in 1979. It would also reach #5 on the US dance chart.  2) Thanks to his falsetto voice, Baker actually got selected to tour with the two groups he paid tribute to in the Gidea Park singles. He spend some time in the 80s and 90s with the Beach Boys and then did a stint in the mid-90s with the 4 Seasons.


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