Monday, June 8, 2015

"Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" by Sammy Hagar

Song#:  1282
Date:  12/11/1982
Debut:  70
Peak:  13
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Following the platinum success of his LP "Standing Hampton," Hagar issued "Three Lock Box." This first single became Hagar's first and only solo Top 20 hit. It was also successful at rock radio peaking at #3. Although the album would peak higher than his solo previous albums (#17) and feature his biggest pop hit, the LP would oddly stop short of platinum level and just go gold.

ReduxReview:  Easily one of Hagar's best pop-oriented songs that stands right next to "I've Done Everything for You" (written by Hagar, hit by Rick Springfield). It's a perfect blend of Hagar's rock and commercial pop sides. He would have some other tasty songs ahead, but this was certainly his best shot a pop chart stardom.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Before joining Montrose in 1973, Hagar was involved in other projects and even recorded a single. In 1967 with Pete Samson, Hagar recorded the promo single "Reach Out to Find Me" (with b-side "Read My Thoughts"). The duo were listed as Samson & Hagar. The single didn't go anywhere but Hagar eventually would. The single is also notable for having The Peppermint Trolly Co. as the backing band. Although that band would not have any major hits (their best was the #59 "Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind" in 1968), they are often listed as a good example of the 60's sunshine pop sound. They also arranged and performed the original theme song for "The Brady Bunch" TV show. However, it seems their version was used for the pilot episode only and then a studio vocalist version was used for the remainder. Beginning with season two through the rest of the show's run, the Brady kids sang the theme.


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