Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Run to You" by Bryan Adams

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2112
Date:  11/03/1984
Debut:  59
Peak:  6
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Canadian rocker scored his first US Top 10 hit with "Straight from the Heart" (#10), a song from his third album Cuts Like a Knife. The LP boasted two other Top 30 singles, which would help the album go platinum. It set him up well for his next platter, Reckless. This first single was pushed out ahead of the album and it would be a major hit at Rock reaching #1 and staying there for four weeks. That action drifted over to Pop and soon the song became Adams' second Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't all that keen on Adams prior to this song, but when this one hit the airwaves I was all over it. I thought it was a dark, dense, and catchy song with excellent production. I got the single and was totally hooked on it. I also remember the video for this which had Adams miming the song in bands of rain and snow. That image fit the song. I bought the album and enjoyed it quite a bit. It was chock full of some nice pop/rock tunes that were well-crafted. It is still his best album and this is easily my favorite song of his. For a short time it made me an Adams fan, but I lost interest as soon as his next LP hit the shelves.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  During this time period, Adams and his writing partner, Jim Vallance, were composing songs for Adams and for other artists. Several that they gave away became chart entries for artists like 38 Special ("Teacher, Teacher"). This song was originally written for another artist. Producer Bruce Fairbairn asked Adams to write a song for an upcoming Blue Oyster Cult album. Adams and Vallance came up with this tune. Unfortunately, the band didn't care for the song and rejected it. It was then offered to 38 Special, but they too said no thanks. Adams didn't think the song was right for him either so it sort of got shuffled to the side. When Reckless co-producer Bob Clearmountain asked Adams if he had another song for the album, Adams dug up his demo of this song. Clearmountain seemed keen on the tune so they worked it up. The last minute added song ended up being the LP's first Top 10 hit.


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