Saturday, March 19, 2016

"What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love with You)" by Rod Stewart

Song#:  1585
Date:  08/27/1983
Debut:  69
Peak:  35
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Stewart's first single from his Body Wishes album, "Baby Jane," failed to reach the Pop Top 10 stalling at #14. It wasn't a good sign for Stewart whose lead singles typically shot into the Top 10. The bad news seemed to continue when this second single stumbled just inside the Top 40. Even Rock radio ignored the track as it failed to chart there. Although US audiences were not happy with Stewart's new material, UK'ers were pleased. "Baby Jane" would top the chart there while this song would hit #3. Both hits helped the album reach #5 and go gold.

ReduxReview:  I didn't care all that much for "Baby Jane," and while this song still wouldn't make a "best of" list, I do like it better. The fake steel drum-like synth sound percolates throughout the song and it all chugs along nicely. It's a fun and breezy tune that goes down as easy as a piña colada on the beach.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  If Stewart had been a bit better at football (soccer, not American football), he might not have had a career in music. Football was the family sport when Stewart was growing up so he learned the game early on. He would later be considered an excellent player and became captain of his school team. He then set his sights on becoming a professional footballer. Along the way, he received the gift of a guitar from his father and began to learn the instrument. He even joined up with a band of schoolmates that played cover tunes. But football came first and in 1960 he tried out for a third division team. Unfortunately, he didn't get a callback. The lack of getting signed and his increasing enjoyment of playing music led him to switching career goals. By 1967, Stewart got his big break when he joined the Jeff Beck Band. The following year, they would issue the album Truth, which was a breakout US hit reaching #15.


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