Sunday, April 2, 2017

"I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1999
Date:  08/04/1984
Debut:  87
Peak:  9
Weeks:  24
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  Second time was the charm for this song. Originally, this tune was recorded by the Sisters for their 1982 album So Excited! It got issued as the LP's second single and it was a minor hit getting to #30 Pop and #46 R&B. Their next album, Break Out, was a slow-building hit that by this point spawned three charting singles, which included two Pop Top 10's. A fourth single was needed to follow-up the hits, but instead of issuing something from the album, a remixed version of "I'm So Excited" started to make the rounds. It slowly began to make its way up the Pop chart and it eventually got into the Top 10. The remixed version was ignored at R&B and Dance, however it did get to #25 at AC. With the song a certified hit, the trio's label decided to reissue the Break Out album with an altered track listing that added this song while subtracting one of the original tracks, "Nightline." This extended the life and sales of the album as did an upcoming fifth single.

ReduxReview:  I'm not exactly sure why this song got a remix and was revived. Everything I read just mentions the song got remixed and reissued. There had to have been a reason. I can only speculate, but I wonder if it had to do with the hit TV show Miami Vice. The song was going to be used in an upcoming episode and I'm guessing that the song was remixed for use in the show and for potential inclusion on the show's soundtrack. Someone then decided to get it out as a single and it ended up being a hit. The tune was then added to Break Out, but it was later excluded from the Miami Vice soundtrack (however, it was included on a Miami Vice "best of" compilation later). Regardless of how it happened, it certainly extended their career and the tune became a sort of signature song for the Sisters. Although I was never a big fan of the song to begin with, I do admit that the remix did give the song some oomph. Therefore, I'll boost it a point from my original review.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This hit was an extra boon for the sisters because they wrote the song along with Trevor Lawrence. Since reducing to a trio with their 1978 album Energy, the Sisters had very few writing credits. In fact, this is the only song in their catalog that the trio (Anita, June, and Ruth) were credited together as writers. Having it be a hit (twice) certainly added to their bank accounts.


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