Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Goodbye to You" by Scandal

Song#:  1245
Date:  11/13/1982
Debut:  86
Peak:  65
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  This NYC band formed in 1981 and they hit the new wave scene with their self-titled EP the following year. This first single got a lot of airplay and the track reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Pop seemed a bit resistant to the song as it managed a minor #65 peak. However, the EP became a bit of a cult hit and made it as far as #39 on the album chart. Eventually, the EP was certified gold and it set Scandal up for more success.

ReduxReview:  I remember this song being played on the radio but didn't know the artist. I looked for the single, but it didn't seem to exist. Then I discovered who they were and bought the EP. I didn't care for all of the songs, but this one and the next single "Love's Got a Line on You" were terrific. I played those two quite a bit. The band had a great sound and lots of potential. They got a little slick on their first full-length album ("The Warrior") with some outside hit-making writers, but these first songs still stand the test of time.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although EPs had been around for decades, they were not necessarily known as hot sellers. A few would hit the album chart, but Scandal's gold EP was a rare hit, especially for a debut disc. Issued on Columbia, it would become the label's best-selling EP.


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