Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"Remember the Nights" by The Motels

Song#:  1716
Date:  12/03/1983
Debut:  67
Peak:  36
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock, Pop

Pop Bits:  The band's album Little Robbers featured their second Top 10 hit, "Suddenly Last Summer" (#9 Pop, #1 Rock, #18 AC). As a follow-up to that single, this mid-tempo ballad was released. It began quite well, but then faltered once it got into the Top 40. It did better at Rock where it got near the Top 10 reaching #12.

ReduxReview:  I thought this was a terrific follow-up to "Suddenly" and was sure it would go pretty far on the chart. It was a bit of a shock when it stalled at a lowly #36. There were a couple of rockers on the album that had potential as singles, but this one seemed to be the best for Pop radio.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although The Motels and their lead singer/songwriter Martha Davis did not participate in the sessions for the USA for Africa benefit album We Are the World, a song co-written by Davis and bandmate Jeff Jourard did make it to the LP. A song from The Motels' 1979 self-titled debut album, "Total Control," was covered by Tina Turner and donated to the album. The Motels initially released the song as the second single from their debut album, but it failed to chart in the US. However, it was a hit in other countries including Australia where it reached #4.


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