Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Darlin'" by Frank Stallone

Song#:  1886
Date:  05/05/1984
Debut:  89
Peak:  81
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Stallone got his second and best Pop chart entry with "Far from Over," a song from his brother Sylvester's film Staying Alive. The single reached #10 and it got Stallone a deal with Polygram for a solo LP. His self-titled debut album was issued and it included "Far from Over" plus this song, which served as the LP's introductory single. Unfortunately, the attention he got via his first hit did not bleed over into this one and the single faltered and fell off the chart after a short month. A follow-up single was issued, but it missed the Pop chart completely. This would be the end of Stallone's charting days. He would return to recording music in 1991 and over the years would issue several indie albums.

ReduxReview:  After the exciting movie rock of "Far from Over," Stallone decided to push out this retro-ish street corner tune that seemed to be mimicking what Billy Joel was doing with his An Innocent Man album. I think it was a misstep. Not only was it a lesser Joel knock-off, it just wasn't the right style. Stallone established a sound with "Far from Over" and he really needed something more in line with that song to keep up the momentum. It could have been a rock tune or even a big ballad, however going retro was not going to do it. 

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  For the balance of the 80s, Stallone turned to acting. He appeared in several films and TV shows like Miami Vice. Although he mainly acted in independent b-style movies, he did get roles in more mainstream films like Barfly, Tombstone, Hudson Hawk, and Fred Claus. He has also continued to write songs for films including one for his brother's 2012 sequel The Expendables 2. Stallone wrote the song "You Don't Want to Fight with Me" for the movie.


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