Saturday, August 16, 2014

"I'll Try Something New" by A Taste of Honey

Song#:  0949
Date:  03/13/1982
Debut:  80
Peak:  41
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Trimmed to a female duo, A Taste of Honey scored a major hit the previous year with the #3 remake of "Sukiyaki." For the lead single from their follow-up LP, "Ladies of the Eighties," they chose another cover tune and treated it with an arrangement similar to what they did for "Sukiyaki." The results were not quite as good with the song petering out at the unfortunate #41 position. It fared better at R&B reaching #9, but it would be their last R&B Top 10 and their final pop chart entry. After one more minor single from the album, the ladies called it quits and moved on to individual careers.

ReduxReview:  I guess if a sound worked for you one time, why not try it again? It's actually not too bad. The drawback is that the song itself is not one of Smokey Robinson's best (see below). It lacks a real direct chorus which the Supremes/Temptations remake seemed to try and address. A Taste of Honey reverts back towards the original and it moves along nicely, but it's just not a song that sticks in your head. However, it's probably the best version of the song.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song penned by Smokey Robinson was a chart entry in 1962 for The Miracles reaching #39 (#11 R&B). A version by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations did a bit better in 1969 hitting #25 #8 R&B).


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