Monday, February 20, 2017

"Turn to You" by The Go-Go's

Song#:  1947
Date:  06/16/1984
Debut:  77
Peak:  32
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's song "Head Over Heels," the first single from their third album Talk Show, did well, but fell just short of expectations when it stopped at the dreaded #11 spot. They needed another solid hit and this track was chosen as the follow-up. Unfortunately, the best it could do was get inside the Top 40. It would also be the band's last single to reach the Top 40. The lack of another successful single kept the album at a lackluster #18 and it would end up missing the gold certification mark.

ReduxReview:  Don't get me wrong - I dearly loved Talk Show and like this song, but I just don't think it was the best choice for a single. I remember being highly disappointed when this song got slated for release. I was actually surprised that it made the Top 40. I think there was missed opportunity with a couple of other tracks from the album. That said, it wasn't the worst choice either. The crunchy guitars coupled with Belinda Carlisle's unhinged vocals sounded pretty great. I just would have preferred to give the second single slot to a more deserving track.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was co-written by band members Charlotte Caffey and Jane Weidlin. The lyrics were written about Caffey's then-boyfriend Bob Welch. Welch was a successful major league baseball pitcher and Cy Young award winner.  2) The video for this song was directed by Mary Lambert. After directing Madonna's "Borderline" video, she would go on to do other shoots for stars like Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Sting, and several more for Madonna. She would move into directing feature films and became famous for her second effort, 1989's Pet Sematary. The Go-Go's video would also feature a rising young star, Rob Lowe. He was beginning to grab Hollywood's attention with his first big film, The Outsiders. Soon he would be a member of "the brat pack" and heading up the cast in 1986's St. Elmo's Fire.


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