Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Soup for One" by Chic

Song#:  1057
Date:  06/05/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  80
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Chic's fortunes certainly spiraled down with the disco backlash. Their first album of the 80s, "Real People," couldn't muster any support with its two main singles faltering on the charts. Their next LP, "Take It Off," did even worse with no singles reaching the pop chart. However, they were able to get one more entry onto the pop chart with this soundtrack single (see below). Although it was able to reach #14 at R&B, on the pop chart it became the lowest peaking single of their career. Unfortunately, it was also their last. After two more unsuccessful LPs, the group would finally call it a day. But by then, Rodgers and Edwards had established themselves as successful producers and each would go on to produce hits by major artists like David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, and the Thompson Twins.

ReduxReview:  Rodgers and Edwards have done a lot of great work with Chic and other artists. Unfortunately, this song is not among them. The lazy groove and the drowsy, staccato delivery is quite boring monotonous. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a dance song or not, but if so, it may be the only tune that could lull dancers into a sleepy trance. But I'm sure they did what they could with the awful film title. I mean, it ain't easy to put the word "soup" in a song, let alone make it the title and get it into the chorus. So I can give 'em points for that, but this little entree is just not tasty.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song was written for the 1982 film "Soup for One." Rodgers and Edwards were tapped to do the soundtrack. In addition to this title track performed by Chic, they wrote four other new tunes, one of which was performed by Carly Simon ("Why," #74 pop) and another by Teddy Pendergrass. The romantic comedy was not a box office hit, which didn't bode well for the soundtrack. It peaked at a lowly #168 (#42 R&B).


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