Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Beg, Borrow or Steal" by Hughes/Thrall

Song#:  1283
Date:  12/18/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  79
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Glenn Hughes joined Deep Purple in 1974 and stayed with them through the band's break-up a couple of years later. He would issue a debut solo album 1977 that went nowhere. He wouldn't do any further recording until 1982 when he met Pat Thrall. Thrall was a successful musician who was playing with the Pat Travers Band. The two hit it off and formed a duo that would issue the debut album "Hughes/Thrall" for Boulevard Records. This first single was issued and it would spend just over a month circling the bottom of the chart. Although critically well-received, the album failed to make any waves. The duo would continue to make some music afterwards, but they were never able to issue a follow-up album. Thrall would go on to join Asia for a couple of years and tour/record with artists like Elton John, Tina Turner, and Meat Loaf. Hughes would also record for different artists, but after he became clean and sober in 1991, he returned to a solo career and has recorded more than a dozen albums since.

ReduxReview:  A catchy/annoying synth lick basically drives this interesting rocker. I'd never peg it for a hit, but I like what is going on here. From what I understand, fans of Hughes (and even Hughes himself) consider this album one of his best pieces of work. This song has certainly caught my ear, so I'll have to give the album a listen to see if it some kind of "lost" gem. Probably not, but you never know.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Hughes provided vocals for the 1991 song "America: What Time Is Love?" by The KLF. The song reached the Top 10 in several countries including the UK where it hit #4. The song would get to #57 in the US and #13 on the US dance chart. The previous year The KLF had a #3 gold single in the US with "3 a.m. Eternal."


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