Friday, January 12, 2018

"Talk to Me" by Fiona

Song#:  2283
Date:  04/13/1985
Debut:  90
Peak:  64
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Singer Fiona Flanagan moved to NYC at the beginning of the decade to pursue a career in music. Just 18 at the time, she ended up singing with several band before attracting the attention of Atlantic Records. They signed her to a deal the the result was her self-titled debut album that featured this first single. It caught on at Rock and did well peaking at #12 on that chart. The song's popularity there allowed it to crossover to the Pop chart where it ended up peaking in the lower half of the chart. The action at Rock helped sell some albums and it did respectable business getting to #71. While the results weren't spectacular, it was enough for Atlantic to keep Fiona on for two more albums. Although her second LP wouldn't produce any charting songs, her third would get her a second entry on the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This rockin' track with a blues edge to it was a good vehicle for Fiona's voice. She's definitely got the goods. She's got a big, full voice with a nice range and raspy tone. I'm sure she could sing the crap out of anything. Unfortunately, the material she had didn't quite keep up with her voice. This is a solid track for rock radio, but it wasn't necessarily all that great for the pop crowd. There was a lot of promise on her debut album, but she needed some more hit-oriented material ala Pat Benatar to really make a mark. It's too bad she really didn't fully break through as the talent is there.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Following this album, Fiona began to branch out into acting. Her first major role was on an episode of Miami Vice. This led to her first starring role in a movie. She played opposite Bob Dylan in the musical drama Hearts of Fire. The film was about a former rock star who tried to help a singer  (played by Fiona), but then she begins to take up with a younger, new star. The vehicle for Dylan was a stinker out of the gate and was quickly pulled from theaters. The soundtrack, which featured three songs by Dylan and five by Fiona, also had a short shelf life. Both singers returned to their day jobs afterward.



  1. 7/10 for me. And does the album feature Shrek at all? (Get the joke? LOL)

    1. Yeah, Fiona was never a popular name and now it is so totally associated with that film!