Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Feet Don't Fail Me Now" by Utopia

Song#:  1297
Date:  01/08/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  82
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After Utopia broke through to the charts with their album "Adventures in Utopia" (#32), which featured the #27 single "Set Me Free," the band chose to record an odd project for their follow-up. The conceptual album "Deface the Music" was Utopia' homage to the Beatles and it featured a set of songs that basically imitated the Fab Four during various stages of their career. Although critics seemed fond of the experiment, record buyers did not bite. It took two years for them to come up with the politically charged LP "Swing to the Right," which fared even worse early in '82. Later in the year the band changed labels and pretty much returned to form with their second self-titled LP. It wasn't a major rebound, but it did garner more attention thanks to this low-charting single and its quirky video that was featured on MTV. It would be Utopia's final pop chart entry. They would go on to record two more album before calling it a day in 1986.

ReduxReview:  This song seemed so familiar to me but I don't think I've ever heard it. Perhaps the XTC-like undertones makes me think I've heard it before. I could definitely hear that group do this song. And there you go - once again a Utopia single sounds like someone else! But at least they always make it enjoyable. Although not a song with massive hit potential, this could have done a little better.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Upon initial release, the 1982 "Utopia" album included a bonus EP of five songs. The EP and songs were not listed on the album cover or inner sleeve. The same five songs appeared on both sides of the 12" EP. When the album was reissued as a CD, the five songs just became part of the regular track listing and were not considered bonus tracks.


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