Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Caught Up in You" by 38 Special

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1011
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  10
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Southern Rock

Pop Bits:  Each of this band's albums successively did better on the chart as their popularity increased. Their fifth album, "Special Forces," would continue the trend and become their best charting LP peaking at #10. It did well thanks to this single that became their first Top 10 hit and first #1 rock track.

ReduxReview:   This song continues their trend to be more radio-friendly and it paid off big time. It's easily their best single and deserving of its Top 10 showing. Although they would continue to be successful, this was their peak moment. This has one of those misheard lyrics in it for me. In the chorus after he sings "I never wanna get myself free," he then sings "And baby it's true." However, I always heard it as "Aunt Bee it's true," like Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show. You are welcome - now I've ruined that part of the song for you...

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Founding member Don Barnes sang lead on most of the band's hits including this song. He would leave the group in 1987 and embark on a solo career. Signing with A&M Records, Barnes recorded the album "Ride the Storm." Unfortunately, it came at the time when the A&M label was sold. The transaction left Barnes' album on the shelf and it remains unreleased. He returned to 38 Special in 1992.



  1. It's actually Aunt Bee, and I agree that is what Don Barnes sings, or at least he sings both "Aunt Bee" and "and baby" at different points in the song, he's doing a bit of short hand to save a syllable, or he had a thing for Frances Bavier.

    1. Yeah, I always forget it is Bee and not Bea. The character's name is Beatrice, so Bea seems logical. But hey - it was a sitcom so all rules are out!