Friday, July 24, 2015

"Little Too Late" by Pat Benatar

Song#:  1337
Date:  02/05/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  20
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Benatar's album "Get Nervous" got off to a solid start with the #13 hit "Shadows of the Night" (#3 Mainstream Rock). This second single reached the Top 20 becoming her fifth to do so. It would help the album reach #4 and get to platinum status. Rock radio wasn't quite as fond of the single and it peaked at a relatively low #38.

ReduxReview:  I think this song wants to reach rock anthem status, but it just doesn't have enough power to make it that far. The beat just seems a bit slow. I keep wanting to make it go faster. I don't know if that would make it sound any better, but I think it would have given the song a bit more guts and excitement. As is, Benatar delivers another good pop/rock tune that may not rank among her best, but is a good addition to her catalog.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song is written by Alex Call. He was a founding member of the country rock band Clover. Formed in 1967, the band would release four albums before disbanding in 1978. Although they never had any hits, the band is famous for members that would hit it big later (Huey Lewis, Jeff Porcaro of Toto) and for being the backup band for Elvis Costello's 1977 debut album "My Aim Is True." This song was Call's second major hit as a songwriter. He also co-wrote "867-5309/Jenny" for Tommy Tutone (#4, 1982).


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