Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Heartline" by Robin George

Song#:  2282
Date:  04/13/1985
Debut:  93
Peak:  92
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  UK guitarist Robin George had already been performing, touring, and recording with several bands before deciding to step out on his own in the early 80s. His first deal came with Arista Records who footed the bill for a 1983 single titled "Go Down Fighting." Nothing came from the record and an unimpressed Arista dropped him from the roster. About a year later, he signed on with Bronze Records and was able to record a full album titled Dangerous Minds. This first single got issued and it made a minor impact at Rock getting to #40. That slight action allowed the song to crossover to the Pop chart for a short couple of weeks. It would be George's only solo song to reach the chart. He turned more towards producing and engineering afterward, but he'd get another brush at fame in the next decade (see below).

ReduxReview:  This is definitely some 80s power rock. The staccato-like verse is interesting and the chorus is okay, but it just doesn't have that extra hooky oomph to make it a more radio-friendly track. I dig the sound of it. The tune is well-produced and engineered. I also think the ending of the song is kinda cool. There is a lot of good going on here, yet the song is not really all that strong.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After several years working behind the scenes, George decided to move out in front again and with vocalist Sean Harris (formerly of the UK metal band Diamond Head) formed a duo called Notorious. They got the attention of Geffen Records who signed them up for an album. A self-titled debut appeared in 1990 and the first single from the LP, "The Swalk," spent five weeks on the Pop chart peaking at #90. The tepid results didn't get them any further with Geffen and the pair returned to the other work. They would reunite for a second album in 2010.


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