Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Give It Up" by Steve Miller Band

Song#:  1277
Date:  12/11/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  60
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Miller's second single from his "Abracadabra" album, "Cool Magic," couldn't replicate the success of the #1 title track. It's #57 peak was a disappointment and this third single didn't do any better. Despite the lack of follow-up hits, the album continued to do very well peaking at #3 and it returned Miller to platinum status.

ReduxReview:  This is a weird song. It has a retro-ish verse and then a kooky chorus that sounds like a schoolyard tune. And it is all set to a circusy synth beat. I can't get into this. I actually find it quite annoying. I don't really know what Miller was going for here but whatever it was, I'm just not getting it.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Miller's first #1 single, 1973's "The Joker," didn't catch on in other countries. However, that changed in 1990 when a British TV commercial for Levi jeans featured the song. The spot created so much interest in the song that the single was reissued in the UK and other European countries. The single ended up hitting #1 in the UK and that set an usual record for Miller. The span of time from when Miller first hit #1 in the US until he got his first UK #1 hit (16+ years) was the longest gap ever for an artist. That record almost didn't exist because of Miller's single "Abracadabra." It came very close to capturing the top spot in the UK, but it ended up peaking at #2.


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