Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)" by Rod Stewart

Song#:  0890
Date:  01/23/1982
Debut:  74
Peak:  20
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  Once again changing up his sound, Stewart scored a hit with the new wave-oriented "Young Turks" (#5). His follow-up, the title track to the album "Tonight I'm Yours," continued in the same vein of his previous hit and it got him another Top 20 entry - just barely.

ReduxReview:  Back then, I liked this song better than "Young Turks." These days they rank about the same for me. They are slight songs done with an early 80s flare. Both are good listens but are not really among Stewart's best. I always thought the tubular bell part on this tune was pretty cool.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Stewart's "Tonight I'm Yours" album contains the song "Never Give Up on a Dream." It was inspired by the story of Canadian athlete Terry Fox who, with a prosthetic leg and recovering from cancer, set out on a cross-Canada run for cancer awareness. Although he was unable to finish his journey (he ran 3,339 miles before having to stop when his cancer returned), he raised millions of dollars, inspired many people, and became an icon in Canada. Stewart had seen a documentary on Fox and with co-writers Bernie Taupin and Jim Creagan wrote the song and dedicated it to Fox.


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