Friday, March 6, 2015

"What About Me?" by Moving Pictures

Song#:  1183
Date:  09/18/1982
Debut: 75
Peak:  29
Weeks:  26
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Note: I started to write this post and must have gotten interrupted and forgot to finish it! Luckily, I found it so I thought I better finish it off and get it posted. How could I forget this one??

Pop Bits:  This Australian band broke wide in their homeland in 1981 with this single from their debut album "Days of Innocence." The song had a six-week run at #1 which in turn pushed the LP to the top spot. The success got them a US distribution deal with Elektra and this first single was issued. The song spent time pegging up the chart and just barely got into the Top 30. However, what is unusual is how long it spent on the chart - a lengthy 26 weeks. Time that long is usually clocked by a major hit, not a song that only got to #29. Its longevity allowed it to be listed at #88 on the Hot 100 year-end chart.

ReduxReview:  I'm a sucker for a big-ass, tearjerking ballad and this one is pretty great. The opening, the sax solo, and the soaring last chorus are about as good as it gets. It's a mystery as to why this one didn't go Top 10. It certainly deserved to.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song would experience a revival near the end of the decade. It started to get airplay again in 1989 which prompted the single to be reissued. On it's second go around, the song peaked at #46 on the pop chart.


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