Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Oh Girl" by Boy Meets Girl

Song#:  2278
Date:  04/06/1985
Debut:  79
Peak:  39
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The husband and wife songwriting/vocal team of Shannon Rubicam and George Merrill began to get attention when some of their songs started to appear on albums by artists like Phyllis Hyman and Deniece Williams. It wasn't long before their demo tapes were noticed by A&M Records and the duo, now known as Boy Meets Girl, were signed on and given the chance to do their own album. Their self-titled debut was released and this first single was issued. While it wasn't a major hit, it did at least peak just inside the Pop Top 40. The results were not great and their deal with A&M halted. However, the next two years would bring them two #1 hits as songwriters (both for Whitney Houston) and that would lead to a new label deal and a Top 10 hit of their own.

ReduxReview:  This couple can certainly write smart songs with solid hooks. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them. The groove is just fine, but the chorus is too subtle to be hooky and memorable. The bridge builds nicely, but when the chorus arrives the song falls flat. Frankly, I'm surprised this actually made the Top 40. Over the next few years the couple would write far better songs than this one.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In 1984, the duo contributed two songs to Deniece Williams' only platinum-selling LP, Let's Heart It for the Boy. They composed the tracks "Don't Tell Me We Have Nothing" and "Haunting Me" (the latter co-written with Williams). For their debut LP, the couple recorded their own version of "Don't Tell Me We Have Nothing." In addition to the song contributions to Williams' album, the duo also performed background vocals on several tracks including the #1 hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy."


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