Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Forever Mine" by The Motels

Song#:  1249
Date:  11/13/1982
Debut:  77
Peak:   60
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The Motels most successful LP, "All Four One," was a #16 gold album thanks to the #9 single "Only the Lonely." Their follow-up single, "Take the L," couldn't get much support and stalled at #52. This third single did about as well and spent a short couple months on the chart.

ReduxReview:  I really wish this could have been the second single. I think it may have had a chance to be a much bigger hit. The song's retro-ish sound seemed to be an ideal follow up to "Only the Lonely." But when "Take the L" kind of tanked, it made it more difficult for this single to get any traction. It's too bad as this is a lovely, quality song.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Their "All Four One" album contains a cover of the Gerry Goffin/Carole King song "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." Originally done by The Crystals and produced by Phil Spector, the song courted some controversy due to its dark subject matter. Many thought the lyrics supported spousal abuse which resulted in the song getting little to no airplay. Goffin and King had apparently written the song after finding out that their friend and babysitter, singer Little Eva, was being beaten by her boyfriend. King later distanced herself from the song, basically regretting it, stating she herself had been a victim of an abusive relationship as well.


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