Thursday, July 16, 2015

"I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart" by Eric Clapton

Song#:  1329
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  59
Peak:  18
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After his 1981 live album "Another Ticket" (#7), Clapton forced himself to take some time off. His alcoholism was getting the best of him so he checked into rehab early in 1982. After completing the program, Clapton wasted little time and returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. "Money and Cigarettes" was issued soon after and this first single did well enough to find a spot in the pop Top 20. The song would drive the album to #16 and help to make it another gold-seller in his catalog.

ReduxReview:   As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big Clapton fan. Yes, yes, I know he is a rock god and a guitar genius, etc. I can certainly appreciate that and respect his contributions to rock. However, it doesn't mean I have to like his music. Every now and then he will toss something out that I can relate to, but in general I just don't connect to his music. This one I'd consider a slight exception to the rule. It has been mega years since I've heard this song and I have to say it sounds better now that it did back in the day. It's a slight song, but it has a jovial chorus that I kinda dig.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  To-date, Clapton is the only artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. He made it in as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream, and then as a solo artist. There are 20 other artists who have been inducted twice. Of those, the most likely artist to join Clapton as a three-peater is Paul McCartney. He has made it in with the Beatles and as a solo artist, but he still could make it in again if his band Wings gets recognized. However, Clapton could make it four if his band Blind Faith gets a nod.


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