Thursday, May 31, 2018

"C-I-T-Y" by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band

Song#:  2420
Date:  08/10/1985
Debut:  65
Peak:  18
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Cafferty and his crew were put in the spotlight thanks to their music for the film Eddie and the Cruisers. With the successful soundtrack behind them, they attempted establish themselves as viable artists apart from the Eddie identity. They did pretty well in doing so via their first post-soundtrack album Tough All Over. The title track would become their second #1 at Rock while reaching #22 at Pop. This second single followed the first into the Rock Top 10 (#9) and did slightly better at Pop getting to #18. Surprisingly, despite the good performance from the two singles, the album could only get to #40 and it would miss going gold, which was a disappointment following the multi-platinum success of the Eddie soundtrack.

ReduxReview:  For this tune Cafferty mixed some retro-R&B into his rock and combined it with a hooky spelled out chorus. The resulting tune was solid track that earned the band a second Top 20 hit. This track and "Tough All Over" did well in trying to distance the band away from the Eddie soundtrack, but not a lot of rock bands in this vein were hitting the chart around this time, so it was going to be a difficult road to even maintain the fans they gained via Eddie. They certainly tried though and came away with a couple more hits.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  So what is the origin of the band being dubbed Beaver Brown? According to a People magazine article, as the band was getting started, they decided to make their rehearsal space a bit more nicer and got paint for the area. Around the same time, the group was trying to come up with a name. Apparently, the color of the paint they were using was called "beaver brown" and that seemed to resonate with the band. Thus they became Beaver Brown. They didn't become known as John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band until the Eddie soundtrack came along.


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