Friday, May 1, 2015

"Pledge Pin" by Robert Plant

Song#:  1244
Date:  11/13/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  74
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Although not particularly aimed at a pop audience, Robert Plant's first solo album was doing well thanks to the #3 Mainstream Rock hit "Burning Down One Side." The song managed a few weeks on the pop chart reaching #64. This second single did about as well peaking ten notches lower. It did much better at rock radio hitting #11.

ReduxReview:  As I've mentioned in previous posts, rock artists like Robert Plant don't really shoot for the pop market (or need to). So getting a single on the pop chart can be considered an extra bonus since it just further promotes their album. This song isn't even close to being a good candidate for the pop chart, but Plant's name and heavy rock radio support helped the single make an appearance. Plant provides a nice Rush-like groove and the song unfolds from there. I like it, but its limited pop appeal prevented it from doing any better.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Like a lot of the output from Led Zeppelin, Plant's first solo album was well-received by rock audiences. Rock radio was receptive as well and that allowed two other songs from the album to hit the Mainstream Rock chart. "Worse Than Detroit" reached #10 and "Slow Dancer" made it to #19. In addition to those songs, the non-album "Far Post," found on the b-side of the "Burning Down One Side" 12" single, got to #12 on the chart.


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