Friday, February 27, 2015

"I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters

Song#:  1180
Date:  09/18/1982
Debut:  79
Peak:  30
Weeks:  16
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Pop Bits:  The Sisters' album So Excited! was not generating much excitement on the chart with its first single, "American Music," stalling out at #16 and this next single only reaching the Top 30. After a pair of gold albums, So Excited! flatlined at #59 and couldn't get near a certification. It would be just a minor bump in the road for them and both the Sisters and this song (see below) would rebound quickly.

ReduxReview:  I have to admit that the first time this came out I was like - ehh. I though it was a little silly and seemed a little variety show-like. It still kind of feels a bit like that, but I grew to like it more on re-release. I think the remix (though a slight one) boosted the "excitement" factor enough to make it seem more urgent. It's a good hit and one that most people recognize (and associate with the Sisters), so you gotta give them props for knowing the song had more potential than a lowly #30 peak.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  I can hear folks now - "hey - wait a minute! Wasn't this a big hit and isn't it like their signature tune? What's up with the #30 peak?" Well, yeah, it was a bigger hit - the second time around. This first time, the album's title track didn't really catch on (it did even worse at R&B hitting #46). The Sisters' (who wrote the song) were very disappointed and felt the song should have done better. So after scoring two major hits from their next album, Break Out, they went back and did a slight remix of the song, which was then issued as a single. This time around, it grabbed folk's attention and it bounded into the Top 10. Although not originally included on the Break Out album, after the song hit, later pressing of the LP included the song.


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