Monday, January 19, 2015

"Night Shift" by Quarterflash

Song#:  1141
Date:  08/14/1982
Debut:  83
Peak:  60
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Soft Rock, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Thanks to the successful run of their debut LP (#8), Quarterflash got the chance to record the title theme to the 1982 comedy film "Night Shift." The song was select for single release but it didn't perform well and ended up peaking lower than any of their previous singles.

ReduxReview:  Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager co-wrote the tune with Quarterflash's Marv Ross. It sounds like they were all trying to replicate the band's "Harden My Heart" with a lean towards AC radio. It kind of worked. The song is good with a few Bacharach-isms thrown in, but a weak chorus keeps this from being a real contender on the chart.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  "Night Shift" was Ron Howard's second directorial effort and his first after leaving the hit show "Happy Days." He got his "Happy Days" co-star Henry Winkler to star in the film along with Michael Keaton - his first major role. Also in the film was a pre-"Cheers" Shelley Long and an extra named Kevin Costner who played "Frat Boy #1." The film got some positive reviews and did well at the box office.


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