Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Tough World" by Donnie Iris

Song#:  1222
Date:  10/23/1982
Debut:  83
Peak:  57
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Iris' first effort for RCA, "King Cool," did a little business thanks to a pair of Top 40 singles that included the #25 "My Girl." Unfortunately, it would prove to be his peak moment as his successive releases could not provide any Top 40 entries. He would still place a few singles on the chart including this one from his follow-up album "The High and the Mighty."

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure why this crunchy tune with an arena-ready sing-a-long chorus didn't do better. I don't think it was necessarily Top 10 material, but it sure seems like it should have at least made a Top 30 showing. Yet another song that demonstrates that Iris was an underrated rocker.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  A long time member of Iris' band (and co-writer of many of their songs) Mark Avsec, came up with the idea of marketing a beer named after the album "King Cool." In 2009, King Cool Light debuted and sold well. Unfortunately, sales diminished over time and by 2012 production of the product stopped.


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