Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Queen of the Broken Hearts" by Loverboy

Song#:  1613
Date:  09/17/1983
Debut:  82
Peak:  34
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  Loverboy just barely missed out on getting their first US Pop Top 10 when "Hot Girls in Love," the first single from their album Keep It Up, stalled at #11 (#2 Rock). This next single would hit the same #11 mark, except this time it was on the Rock chart. The song wasn't as enticing to Pop, but it did get them their fifth Top 40 entry.

ReduxReview:  This song doesn't quite capture the magic of "Working for the Weekend," but it does a good job trying to become the new album's version of that song. Even though this sounds like a rewrite of their own hit, I still like it. They check off all the important stuff for an arena-ready hit. Good keyboard/guitar riffs? Check. Big sound? Check. Solid chorus? Check. Nice vocals? Check. Big hair? Check. It doesn't have the same oomph that pushed "Weekend" to greatness, but it still did its job quite well.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  By this time, MTV was really making strides and began to do cross promotions with artists. Some of these promotions involved contests and one in particular included Loverboy and this song. Viewers could enter a contest for a chance to win an appearance in the video for this single. A winner was indeed chosen and she did make an appearance in the video, albeit very briefly. Bridget Magnesi appears for a few seconds at two points near the beginning of the video. That's it! So MTV certainly did fulfill its promise, but it certainly didn't match the "starring" hype of the contest.


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