Saturday, October 10, 2015

"Looking for a Stranger" by Pat Benatar

Song#:  1427
Date:  04/23/1983
Debut:  71
Peak:  39
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Benatar's third single from her platinum-selling "Get Nervous" album followed the previous two into the Top 40 - just barely. It was her 10th charting single and 9th Top 40 entry. The song would be another Mainstream Rock hit for her reaching #4.

ReduxReview:  This song grew on me over time. It didn't get a lot of airplay in my area and when I did hear it, I just thought it was okay. Later revisits to Benatar's catalog got me more familiar with the tune. It was kind of a different sound for Benatar with its quirky groove and arrangement. I especially like the organ/synth lines. It's not in the same league as her best songs, but it's a solid addition to her catalog.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Franne Golde and Peter McIan. The pair co-wrote several song that got recorded by other artists including Conductor's "Voice on the Radio" (#63). Each songwriter took a stab at a recording career and each would walk away with one chart entry. Golde would reach #76 in 1979 with "Here I Go (Fallin' in Love Again)" and McIan would do a bit better in 1980 with his solo single "Solitaire" (#52). However, both would have bigger careers writing and producing for other artists. Golde's songs would be hits for The Commodores ("Nightshift," 1985, #3) and The Pussycat Dolls ("Stickwitu," 2005, #5), while McIan produced Men at Work's first two albums. Golde recorded this particular song for her 1980 solo album "Restless." At that time it was titled "Lookin' for the Stranger."


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