Friday, September 8, 2017

"Naughty, Naughty" by John Parr

Song#:  2156
Date:  12/15/1984
Debut:  87
Peak:  23
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  UK musician Parr honed his skills working the clubs with several bands. His first major break came when he got signed to a publishing deal. That led to a request from Meat Loaf for Parr to write some new tunes for his upcoming album. Two of those songs ended up on Meat Loaf's 1984 album Bad Attitude. Through that work, Parr ended up getting signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist. He prepped a self-titled debut album and this track was selected to be the first single. It caught on at Rock and made it to #6 on that chart. That led to the song crossing over to the Pop chart where it peaked just outside of the Top 20. The album would then do well getting to #48.

ReduxReview:  I was hooked on this song with that opening keyboard lick that then got doubled by the bass. Then the explosive chorus came along and made it even better. The production on this tune is awesome. It sounds huge and is loaded with crunch keys and guitars. Parr's grizzly voice adds an additional rock edge to the tune. It's a sexed-up arena-ready anthem that should have easily gone Top 10. Why it did not at Pop is a mystery. The video was a hit on MTV and the song sounded damn good on the radio. It should have been a bigger hit.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Parr co-wrote the song "Don't Leave Your Mark on Me" with Julia Downes for Meat Loaf. The song appeared on his Bad Attitude album. It was not issued as a single. Parr did his own version of the tune for his debut album. After his success with "St. Elmo's Fire" in 1985, the song was issued as a single in a few European countries. It did not chart.


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