Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Teacher, Teacher" by 38 Special

Song#:  2066
Date:  09/29/1984
Debut:  71
Peak:  25
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  The band's LP Tour de Force was their third platinum seller in a row thanks to a pair of hits that included the #1 Rock track "If I'd Been the One." Before they set out to record their next album, the band got an offer to record this tune for the comedy/drama film Teachers, which was to star Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, and Judd Hirsch. It would end up being the film's theme song and the first single from the soundtrack album, which was heavy on rock tunes by artists like ZZ Top, Bob Seger, and Night Ranger. The tune easily got to #4 on the Rock chart while finding some Top 30 action at Pop. Both the film and the song were good successes and that helped the soundtrack go gold.

ReduxReview:  If you are familiar with the songwriters of this tune (see below), once you get to the chorus you will probably be like, "yeah, that sounds about right." Although it's one of their lesser compositions (which is probably why they handed it off to someone else), it did fit 38 Special pretty well. Folks seemed to like it, but I didn't much care for it. It's just not a terribly memorable song. At least it extended the streak of hits for the band.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Here is yet another charting song written by the team of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. While the pair were in the studio prepping the songs for Adams' fourth album, Reckless, they continued to shop their extra songs to other artists. This tune was one that was demoed and sent around. It wound its way around to 38 Special and the Teachers soundtrack. Adams' original recording of the song would get issued in 2014 on a special anniversary edition of Reckless.


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