Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Til You and Your Lover Are Lovers Again" by Englebert Humperdinck

Song#:  1532
Date:  07/16/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  77
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  AC crooner Humperdinck grabbed a quick chart entry with "Love's Only Love" (#28 AC/#83 Pop), the title track to his 1980 album. His next LP, Don't You Love Me Anymore, contained the title-track single, which fizzled quickly only reaching #41 at AC. For his next effort, Humperdinck decided to hit up the country market and issued the crossover LP You and Your Lover. This first single did make it onto the Country chart and reached a respectable #39. It did much better at AC hitting #17. The attention got it onto the Pop chart, but after a little over a month the best it could do was #77. It would be Humperdinck's final US chart single on any format. He would continue to issue albums over the years with a few finding their way on to the UK Album chart. In 2014, he issued a new duets album titled Englebert Callling that reached #31 on the UK Album chart. His duet partners included Elton John, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Dionne Warwick, Shelby Lynne, and even Gene Simmons from Kiss.

ReduxReview:  Humperdinck infringes on Kenny Rogers' pop/country territory and doesn't come out too bad. It's not a great song, but it's not so bad either. Humperdinck sounds great and I like that he didn't try to sound like a country artist. There are times when pop vocalists try to cross over into country and they feel like they have to twang or drawl it up and it sounds weird and forced. Luckily, Englebert just sings the song and sells it. I just wish he was peddling a better song.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Fans of the MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-head may be familiar with Humperdinck. In the 1996 film based on the TV show, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, a character (voiced by creator Mike Judge) sings a song called "Lesbian Seagull." Originally written and recorded by Tom Wilson Weinberg in 1979, Judge discovered the song via a David Letterman segment and got permission to use it in the film. During the closing credits, the song is heard again in a recorded version by Humperdinck. His take appeared on the movie soundtrack and it also served as the b-side to The Red Hot Chili Pepper's remake of "Love Rollercoaster," which they recorded for the movie. The single reached #40 on the Pop chart. The Ohio Players original version of "Love Rollercoaster" hit #1 in 1976. 


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