Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Opposites Do Attract" by All Sports Band

Song#:  0905
Date:  02/06/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  78
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This assembled concept group (like the Village People only in sports outfits) almost got my vote for having the worst song of 1981 with their debut single "I'm Your Superman." The whole project was just a solid dud and it never really got off the ground. This second single actually did a little better than their first, but it wasn't enough to keep the group going. They flamed out so quick that they band didn't even have a chance to tour. You could say they had their 15 minutes of fame, but I think it was more like 5 minutes.

ReduxReview:  Well, I have to say that this is not bad. It is certainly a step above "Superman." If it wasn't for the whole distracting gimmick of the sports theme, this song may have had a better chance. It's not top-quality material, but the tune is a good pop listen. It's almost boy-band-ish in a way. Had this been given to a popular teen idol to record, it might have been a perfect match. As-is, it showed that the band could write something semi-decent. It is nothing I'd clamor to hear, but it's not horrible either.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The All Sports Band self-titled album was co-produced by Richie Zito. Zito was an in-demand session guitarist in the 70s playing on numerous recordings by major artists. He turned to production in the 80s and would produce hit albums by many artists like Cheap Trick, The Motels, The Cult, Poison, and others. In 1990, he received a Billboard award for Producer of the Year. We all gotta start someplace...


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