Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"The Other Guy" by Little River Band

Song#:  1256
Date:  11/20/1982
Debut:  59
Peak:  11
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After four successful albums that produced six top 10 hits, it seemed to be the right time for LRB to issue a "Greatest Hits" album. The packaged collected up all their hits and also featured two new song. This single was one of the new tunes and it nearly got them a seventh Top 10. Unfortunately it peaked just shy in the dreaded #11 spot. Over time, the album would become their best-seller in the US going double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  This head-boppin' tune was another good addition to their hits catalog but it was never a favorite of mine. It's a little bland and pedestrian for me, but like they do with most of their songs, LRB injects a lot of personality into their material which makes about anything they do listenable. I just wouldn't consider this among their best.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Founding member (and writer of this song) Graeham Goble was in a band called Allison Gros prior to his Little River Band days. The group recorded a novelty song in 1971 under the pseudonym Drummond. The song, a remake of "Daddy Cool" (a 1957 #3 b-side hit for The Rays) done chipmunk style, became a left-field #1 hit in Australia. They did the song as a tribute to the popular rock group Daddy Cool (who named themselves after the song). Daddy Cool's song "Eagle Rock" was a #1 smash in Australia for 10 weeks. In a weird twist, it ended up being Drummond's novelty single that would replace Daddy Cool's song at the top of the chart.


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