Monday, January 4, 2016

"Night Pulse" by Double Image

Song#:  1510
Date:  07/02/1983
Debut:  95
Peak:  92
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Not much can be found on this band. The song itself was written by Gabriel Katona, Patrick Bolen, and Bill Butler. Katona and Bolen also wrote the flip side, "S.O.S." However, in looking up the writers, they mention each other but say nothing about being in a band called Double Image. I did see that Katona had worked with the producer (Bob Gaudio of The Four Seasons fame) before, so it makes me think that Gaudio got them to write songs for this band. The other possibility is that these guys did perform the track simply as a studio band. Whatever the case, Double Image came and went quickly. This single was their one and only released recording.

ReduxReview:  That repetitive synth line at the beginning is just sooo 80s! I love it. It gave me high hopes for this song, but I didn't fall in love with it like I thought I might. It's a decent rock tune steeped in 80s sounds with a catchy chorus and nice guitar work (all things I love), yet the song and lyrics are not quite in the same league as other popular 80s rock bands. It's very second tier. Still, it's a fun listen and an interesting find.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) I did read in some mock-up of a book about Mike Curb (of the Mike Curb Congregation and head of Curb Records) that CBS exec Tony Martell (who later founded the T.J. Martell Foundation) was looking for a techo-rock band to sign. Curb had apparently signed Double Image and Martell suggested that CBS and Curb form a new label and issue the single. This seems to be how CBS Associated Records came into being. CBS Associated would go on to sign Ozzy Osbourne, ELO, Joan Jett, and Henry Lee Summer.  2) I also found that this song was picked up and recorded by a guy named Roger Love. His version appeared in the 1984 Jamie Lee Curtis flick "Grandview U.S.A." Love apparently went on to be a vocal coach to the stars (Adam Levine, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and many others) and has a coaching program that can be purchased.


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