Sunday, January 22, 2017

"Don't Walk Away" by Rick Springfield

Song#:  1918
Date:  05/26/1984
Debut:  68
Peak:  26
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Springfield's movie Hard to Hold may have been a bust at the box office, but the soundtrack did quite well thanks to the #5 showing of its first single "Love Somebody." He followed it up with this track, which ended up stalling inside the Top 30 (#41 Rock). The album would be his fourth platinum seller in a row. Unfortunately, it would also be his last LP to reach that sales level.

ReduxReview:  This was another solid song from the soundtrack and one that, for me, is slightly more memorable than "Love Somebody." I'm not sure why it stalled so early on the chart. Perhaps the darker tone or the switch from the ballad-like feel of the verse to the rockin' chorus kept folks from hooking into it. My gut tells me it might be the latter because the last song he did with a similar feel also stalled early ("What Kind of Fool"). Or maybe people were getting tired of Springfield's music. Whatever the case, I thought it was another quality track from artist.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Despite the film not doing well, Springfield didn't let that deter him from continuing to act. After appearing in a few TV shows and films, Springfield landed the lead role in the 1992 action/drama ABC TV show Human Target. Based on the DC Comics character, Springfield played a private investigator who had the technology to assume the identity of his clients. Unfortunately, critics panned the show and viewers were not tuning in. The show was cancelled after seven episodes. Springfield had better luck in another detective role with the 1994 syndicated series High Tide. That series was more successful and lasted until 1997. More recently, he played an exaggerated version of himself in the HBO series Californication. He had a recurring role in series' third season in 2009. He also had a recurring role in the CW show Supernatural.


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