Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Maybe This Day" by Kissing the Pink

Song#:  1553
Date:  08/06/1983
Debut:  95
Peak:  87
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Synthpop, New Wave

Pop Bits:   This London-based band had been flirting with experimental synthpop since 1980 before getting signed by Magnet Records a couple years later. At first, their music wasn't catching on, but then their tune "The Last Film" reached #19 in the UK, which allowed their album Naked to sell a few copies and reach #54. Breaking into the US marked proved difficult with only this track able to indent the lower region of the Pop chart. Follow-up singles and albums failed to make any impression on UK audiences, but later in the 80s the band would score a significant US Dance chart hit.

ReduxReview:  This is certainly an odd track. I do like the vibe quite a bit. It almost plays like a theme from some modern film noir or strange TV show like Twin Peaks. I'm a little surprised a song like this was even able to get on the chart. It's not necessarily a Pop hit contender. However, it is kind of fascinating and after a few listens it won me over. I don't think folks will walk away humming this track, but it is certainly intriguing and would make an interesting entry in a playlist.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Members say that the band's name came from a phrase that was used as commentary in Snooker games (a type of billiards game) broadcast on a TV show. It is used to describe a very soft shot. Apparently, the band didn't know at the time it was also an adult slang term for oral sex, but after finding out they still kept it. However, it would later cause issues and they ended up going by KTP on later releases.


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