Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"What Kind of Fool Am I" by Rick Springfield

Song#:  1064
Date:  06/05/1982
Debut:  57
Peak:  21
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock



Pop Bits:  Springfield's "Don't Talk to Strangers" hit #2 and became his second biggest chart hit. It was expected that this second single from his "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" LP would follow into the Top 10. With almost a mid-chart debut, that seemed certain. But the single faltered and fell just shy of the Top 20. It didn't matter too much because the album was already his best charting (peaking at #2) and on track to go platinum.

ReduxReview:  Springfield had not released any type of ballad as a single yet, so this was his first attempt. It's kind of a big rock ballad with a soft verse moving into a rockin' chorus. I think the chorus is very solid, but not sure it really meshes with the quiet verse. It's a good tune, but I think there were better single choices on the album.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Did Springfield miss out on a more significant hit? Another song from the album, "Calling All Girls," was not issued as a single, but it was a significant Mainstream Rock hit peaking at #4. Rock radio hits don't always translate to pop hits, but Springfield's popularity may have pushed this up the chart.

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