Sunday, May 14, 2017

"New Girl Now" by Honeymoon Suite

Song#:  2039
Date:  09/08/1984
Debut:  85
Peak:  57
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Formed in 1981, this Canadian band got a significant boost when they entered a recording of their song "New Girl Now" into a Toronto radio station's unsigned band contest. Voters put the song at #1 and that contest win helped the band secure a contract with WEA Canada. They went in the studio and recorded their self-titled debut album, which featured this first single - a newly recorded version of their contest-winning song. The song did fine in Canada getting to #23 and it did very well in the US on the Rock chart where it got to #7. It was able to cross over to Pop for a few weeks and nearly broke through the top half of the chart. A second single got to #47 Rock while only getting to #75 in Canada. The band would score two more lower-charting singles from the album in their homeland. The album sold well and the band was off and running.

ReduxReview:  The opening of this nearly reminds me of an AC/DC jam, however once it gets going it veers into Loverboy territory. It's a solid song that I thought had made it into the Top 40. It really should have. I'm not sure why it didn't connect with Pop radio in the same way as some other rock tunes did at the time. It was popular in my area, so I just assumed it did much better than #57. This band is still quite popular in Canada, but they have kind of been forgotten in the States. It's too bad because they had a few tasty tunes like this one.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The band's name was inspired by the town in which they formed, Niagara Falls. For decades, newlyweds made Niagara Falls one of the top post-wedding destinations in the world. Because of this, the city was unofficially dubbed the honeymoon capital of the world. The band took their town's reputation and spun it off into a name.


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