Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"You Can" by Madleen Kane

Song#:  0904
Date:  02/06/1982
Debut: 89
Peak:  77
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Dance

Pop Bits:  Swedish singer and model Kane had some impact on the US dance charts starting with her debut "Rough Diamond" in 1978. Her first three albums all had some success but she wasn't able to cross over to the pop chart until she worked with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotti for her fourth album "Don't Want to Lose You." This single from the LP was issued and it became one of her biggest hits on the dance chart staying at the top for three weeks. It would be her lone pop chart entry. After one more album in 1985, she basically quit the music business and never recorded again.

ReduxReview:  It's odd - this is almost like a dress rehearsal for "Flashdance...What a Feeling," which was co-written and produced by Moroder. It's obviously not as good as that classic, but it's like Moroder pulled ideas from this one and perfected it. Parts of it also sound like Limahl's "NeverEnding Story." Again, a Moroder production. So this song seems to have provided inspiration for later use. However, for a dance hit, I really don't find it that groove-inducing. It's a good tune and Kane's thin voice works well here. Interesting, but not essential.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In her late teens before she began her singing career, Kane was an established and successful model. She made many appearances in top fashion magazines and even worked with Eileen Ford from the famous Ford Modeling Agency. She never really liked modeling, but it paid for singing lessons and by the time she was 20, she had her first recording contract.


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