Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"I Need You" by Paul Carrack

Song#:  1164
Date:  09/04/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  37
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Carrack began the 80s as part of the group Squeeze, replacing longtime keyboardist Jools Holland. With Carrack on vocals, the band got their first significant US chart hit with the #49 "Tempted." But his tenure in the band would be short lived. Carrack set out for another stab at a solo career (his first solo album in 1980 went nowhere). Suburban Voodoo did well in the US and reached #78 thanks to this Top 40 single. Neither were smashes, but they got him established as a viable solo artist. Oddly, both were ignored in his UK homeland.

ReduxReview:  This Motown-ish tune didn't make much of an impression on me back then. I'm still not the biggest fan of it, but it does play better these days. And the sound is not too far away from "Tempted," which probably wasn't a bad idea. Folks may have even though this was a new Squeeze song. I really didn't care. Wasn't my bag to begin with.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although Suburban Voodoo was a solo release, around this time Carrack had joined up with Nick Lowe to form a band called Noise to Go. The band would be used to back both Carrack and Lowe on their respective solo albums. They also backed Lowe's wife Carlene Carter on her 1981 Blue Nun LP. Carrack's album and Lowe's Nick the Knife both came out in 1982 using the band as did Lowe's follow-up album The Abominable Showman. The band would eventually be called Nick Lowe and his Cowboy Outfit and would support two more of Lowe's albums. Although the Cowboy Outfit would split in 1985, Carrack continued to play on a couple more of Lowe's albums. This song was co-written by Carrack, Lowe, and Martin Belmont.


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