Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Tell Me If You Still Care" by The S.O.S. Band

Song#:  1696
Date:  11/19/1983
Debut:  94
Peak:  65
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  With their new producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on board, this band scored the #2 R&B hit "Just Be Good to Me" (#55 Pop), which was from their fourth album On the Rise. This second single did just about as well getting to #5 at R&B and around mid-chart at Pop. The two hits were a big boost to their career, which had been on the down slide since their 1980 debut hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" (#1 R&B/#3 Pop).

ReduxReview:  Jam & Lewis add a bit o' tha Quiet Storm to the band's album and it sounds pretty good. It's a slinky tune that is an easy listen. I wouldn't consider it outstanding, but it is very good mood music. It really is just one consistent groove with the verse and chorus blending together, but the band does it quite well.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was later remade by R&B singer Monica. It was included on her 1995 debut LP Miss Thang. That album spawned three Top 10 hits, two went platinum, one went gold. This song was not issued as a single. Her album would eventually sell over three million copies. Monica would go on to have five Top 10 albums on the Pop chart and three #1 singles including her big hit duet with Brandy, 1998's "The Boy Is Mine."


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