Monday, June 15, 2015

"Shame on the Moon" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1289
Date:  12/18/1982
Debut:  40
Peak:  2
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Soft Rock, Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  In 1980, Seger scored his first #1 album with "Against the Wind." It would end up being a 5-times platinum, two-time Grammy winning LP that featured three Top 20 hits including the #5 title track. After a live album release, the band readied their next studio recording titled "The Distance." This first single became a multi-format hit reaching #2 at pop for four weeks, #1 AC, and #15 country. It would be Seger's biggest hit to-date. Oddly, the major success of the single didn't really boost album sales. After six multi-platinum albums, "The Distance" would peak at #5 and only reach platinum level. That certainly doesn't make the album a failure, but it was a definite drop in sales and signaled that Seger may be on the waning side of his peak period. (Note: Seger is one of the last major artists to keep his music off of streaming services, YouTube and even iTunes. He recently gave in on iTunes and allowed a few of his album to be sold on the service, but streaming is still a no-go. There are some live performances that are not blocked on YouTube like the above. It'll have to do for now.)

ReduxReview:   I find it odd that this would end up being one of Seger's biggest hits, yet I rarely hear it anywhere. It's a great offering from Rodney Crowell (see below) that fit Seger perfectly. I loved it back in the day and bought the single. I'd have to say it was the song that swayed me into being a Seger fan. So for that, I'm grateful. However, for me the song has lost a little of its luster and I'm not so enamored with it as I was back then.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Seger wrote a good chunk of his charting singles, but this big hit was actually a remake. Country star Rodney Crowell wrote this song and included it on his self-titled 1981 LP. The tune was not released as a single. A month before Seger's version was issued, singer Mac Davis covered it on his album "Forty 82." Again, it was not chosen for single release.


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