Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Windows" by Missing Persons

Song#:  1304
Date:  01/15/1983
Debut:  88
Peak:  63
Weeks:  8
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  The first two singles from Missing Persons' album "Spring Session M," "Words" and "Destination Unknown," both peaked at #42. Still looking for a song to break into the Top 40, this third single was issued. Unfortunately, it fared a bit worse and stalled before even hitting the top half of the chart.

ReduxReview:  Here is another radio-ready song from the band that once again failed to make any significant waves. I'm not exactly sure why their songs were not bigger hits. The only thing I can think of is that pop radio was just beginning to warm up to this type of synthpop so there may have been reluctance to shove a song like this between Lionel Richie and Toto. I would bet that had their album and singles been released a year later, the band would have had a lot more success. However, being a cult-ish early leader of a style has a certain cool-factor that can last longer than actual hits.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In a "before they were famous" moment, Missing Persons appeared in the 1981 sex-romp comedy "Lunch Wagon." They played a band (duh!) called U.S. Drag. That band name would become the title of one of their songs that would appear on "Spring Session M." Throughout the film they performed two of their early songs, "Mental Hopscotch" and "I Like Boys." Both songs were from their 1980 debut EP.


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