Saturday, March 18, 2017

"You're the Best Thing" by The Style Council

Song#:  1977
Date:  07/14/1984
Debut:  87
Peak:  76
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop

Pop Bits:  The UK duo's "My Ever Changing Moods" would be their first single to get on the US Pop chart. It got to #29 and was also able to cross over to three other charts. It was a good introduction to their smooth soul/pop sound and they decided to follow it up with this track. Unfortunately, the song wouldn't catch on as well and the only thing it could do was circle the bottom quarter of the Pop chart for a few weeks while getting to #31 at AC. In the UK, it would be their fourth Top 10 hit getting to #5. It would be their last single to reach the US Pop chart. The duo would put out three more hit albums in the UK before breaking up in 1989.

ReduxReview:  This smooth soul/pop/jazz mash-up is certainly lovely to listen too, but I wouldn't call it Pop chart fare. Actually, if Boy George hasn't covered this, he should. It does bring to mind a lost Culture Club track. If you like this song and "My Ever Changing Moods," you really should seek out the duo's Cafe Bleu album. It's full of tasty blue-eyed soul like this.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  After the duo split, Paul Weller embarked on a solo career. As with the Style Council and his previous band, The Jam, Weller would be highly successful. All twelve of his solo studio albums since his 1992 debut have reached the UK Top 10 with four hitting #1 and six getting to #2. These were helped along by nineteen Top 20 singles that included five Top 10s. Sadly, he was never able to transfer that success to the US. Of his entire solo output, his only US chart appearances were the #10 Alternative track "Uh Huh, Oh Yeah" (1992) and the #166 album Sonik Kicks (2012). His work with The Style Council remains his only success in the US.


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