Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"The Lucky One" by Laura Branigan

Song#:  2002
Date:  08/04/1984
Debut: 62
Peak:  20
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  Branigan secured her third (and what would be her last) Pop Top 10 with "Self Control," the first single from her album of the same name. The hit helped make the album her most successful hitting #23 and going platinum. This next single wouldn't do as well, but it did become her fifth consecutive Top 20 hit at Pop. It also reached #10 at Dance and #13 AC.

ReduxReview:  After its "Flashdance"-ish beginning, the song turns into a solid Europop jam. It's not quite as memorable as "Self Control," but the chorus is good and Branigan sings it well. It's not Top 10 material, so the #20 placement seems about right. After this single, her luck would kind of run out. She would only grab one more Top 40 entry later in the decade.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The Tokyo Music Festival was an international song contest that ran from 1972 through to 1991. The contest would take song submissions from several countries and finalists would compete for the top prize at the main festival event. Several artists from the US won over the years including Al Green, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, and Laura Branigan. Branigan won in 1984 with this song.  2) This song was used in the 1983 TV movie An Uncommon Love. Starring Barry Bostwick and Kathryn Harrold, the story is about a divorced man who falls for an older college student who happens to also be making a living as a prostitute at a massage parlor.


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