Monday, November 7, 2016

"It's My Life" by Talk Talk

Song#:  1842
Date:  03/24/1984
Debut:  79
Peak:  31
Weeks:  14
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  The UK band's self-titled song from their debut album got a little attention in the US when it reached #75 (#26 Rock, #63 Dance) in 1982. Getting a footing in the US certainly helped when this title-track single from their second album was issued. It would be a big hit at Dance getting to #1 while reaching #23 at Rock and just missing out on the Pop Top 30. It would end up being their biggest hit in the US. It would eventually be their biggest hit in the UK, but they would have to wait for that until 1990 when a reissued version from the band's hits compilation would get to #13.

ReduxReview:  I've always loved the warm-chorded verse of this song and its catchy chorus. It really should have done a lot better. I'm not sure what held this song back from moving further up the chart. It deserved a better fate than a #31 showing. Luckily, a US band picked it up later and the song finally got its due (see below).

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  In 2003, this song gave the band No Doubt their third Pop Top 10 hit. They covered the song for their compilation set The Singles 1992-2003. It was issued as a single and it reached #10 on the Pop chart. It also got to #16 at Dance and #20 at AC.


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