Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"This Man Is Mine" by Heart

Song#:  1029
Date:  05/15/1982
Debut:  71
Peak:  33
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After a combo live/studio album produced their biggest hit yet, the #6 "Tell It Like It Is," Heart returned to the studio and recorded their next LP, "Private Audition." Despite the hit, Heart had been on a bit of a decline with their previous studio album, "Bebe Le Strange," lacking a significant chart single and only reaching gold status. The #33 peak of this first single from "Private Audition" couldn't reverse the trend and its lackluster showing made the LP Heart's first to miss going gold.

ReduxReview:  I do loves me some Heart, but this was a lowly period for them. Nothing was really clicking. Over the next couple of albums, they would have a few decent tracks but in general they were struggling. I remember back then that I was excited to hear the new Heart song, and then this came on. I thought "this is Heart?" I was not thrilled with it. It's still not one of my favorites of theirs, but I don't count it among their worst either.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song is a bit of an homage to The Supremes with its Motown-ish sound. Ann and Nancy Wilson carried it one step further with the video for the tune. In it, they dress and perform in a very Supremes way. I've seen a couple mentions where the song is quite similar to the Smokey Robinson composition "Don't Mess with Bill," a #7 pop hit (#3 R&B) in 1966 for The Marvelettes. The songs do share some similarities.


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