Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Workin' for a Livin'" by Huey Lewis & the News

Song#:  1142
Date:  08/14/1982
Debut:  73
Peak:  41
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from the band's album "Picture This" almost followed the other two into the Top 40, but fell a notch short peaking at the dreaded #41. But by this time the album was already a hit having reached #13 on the album chart and getting certified gold. Its success was mainly due to the LP's first single, the #7 "Do You Believe in Love."

ReduxReview:  This frantic organ-driven tune was not a favorite of mine from the band. At the time they kind of lost me with this song. I preferred the terrific pop of "Do You Believe in Love" and their follow-up singles lead me to believe that perhaps "Do You" was not representative of their sound. So I kind of wrote them off for the moment and skipped the album.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was revived in 2007 when country superstar Garth Brooks record it as a duet with Huey Lewis. It appeared on Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" album and was chosen for single release. Although it failed to get on the pop chart, it did reach #19 on the country chart.


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