Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw

Song#:  1098
Date:  07/10/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  36
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Considered a modern day incarnation of Buddy Holly, Crenshaw signed to Warner Bros. and issued his self-titled debut in 1982. While the comparisons to Holly were just, listeners soon realized that he wasn't a knock off and his debut was quickly deemed a pop masterpiece. This first single broke him through to the masses, but his initial success was short-lived. His critically acclaimed second LP "Flag Day" failed to gather any listener support and further follow-ups couldn't make any impact either. Despite the lack of mass success, Crenshaw is considered a top-notch songwriter with many of his tunes being covered by other artists. This song would be his one and only pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  This one goes in the "what was I thinking?" category. I wasn't in tune with the Buddy Holly-early rock style and so I pretty much ignored this song. Idiot. I'm glad my ears matured over the years. It's a shame I missed out on this song and Crenshaw back then. Along with this song, he has two others that I totally dig - "Whenever You're on My Mind" and "My Favorite Waste of Time." Bette Midler did a tasty version of the latter that reached #78 in 1983.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Triple Shot!  1) Crenshaw's first break in the music business came via the stage show "Beatlemania." From 1978 through 1980, he portrayed John Lennon in the West Coast and touring versions of the show.  2)  Although he never had a big hit as a solo artist, he did co-write a song that reached #11 in 1995. "Til I Hear It from You" was co-written by two members of the Gin Blossoms with Crenshaw and appeared on the soundtrack to the film "Empire Records." The song was released on a double a-sided single paired with "Follow You Down," which reached #9.  3) This song already appeared on the pop chart a year earlier. Rockabilly artist Robert Gordon did a version that reached #76 on the pop chart in June of 1981.


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