Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Nobody Said It Was Easy" by LeRoux

Song#:  0917
Date:  02/13/1982
Debut:  85
Peak:  18
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Signed to Capitol Records in 1978 as Louisiana's LeRoux, they pushed out a self-titled debut album of rock inspired by the sounds of their home state - Cajun, R&B, Dixieland, blues, etc. A local hit from the LP, "New Orleans Ladies," got enough attention to make it to #59 on the pop chart. Unfortunately, their next two albums tanked and Capitol dropped the group. Having already shortened their name to simply LeRoux, the group signed with RCA, changed to a slicker AOR sound, and released "Last Safe Place." The album did well thanks to this single that made it into the Top 20.

ReduxReview:  This is another good forgotten song that has shown up on some "lost songs" compilations. I liked it back in the day but not enough to pursue a purchase. I'd always remembered the song and when it was included on a compilation I bought, I thought it still sounded pretty good and worthy of being a playlist add.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The group is named after roux, a gravy-ish thickener made out of flour and fat (butter, bacon grease, or similar). Mainly used in French cooking, roux also serves as the base for Cajun gumbo.


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