Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Do You Want Crying" by Katrina & the Waves

Song#:  2404
Date:  07/27/1985
Debut:  83
Peak:  37
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This UK rock band fronted by American Katrina Leskanich grabbed a US Top 10 hit with their enduring 80s classic "Walking on Sunshine" (#9). For a follow-up this next track was selected for single release. The song was able to make it inside of the Pop Top 40, but stalled soon after. Thanks to "Sunshine," the album made it to #25, but without a stronger follow-up single the LP missed out on going gold.

ReduxReview:  It was going to be a difficult task to follow up such an indelible song as "Sunshine," but the band didn't do too bad with this track. It was a bit more rock oriented, yet still had a catchy chorus that wouldn't be too out of place on a Pat Benatar album. While it's not Top 10 material, it was good enough to be pushed out as a single. I think it did about as well as it could on the chart, especially coming on the heels of a near-iconic single.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The band's self-titled major label debut album for Capitol mainly featured tracks that originally appeared on their first two indie albums. Most all of the songs were remixed for the new album with some getting spruced up with overdubs. However, two songs on the album were completely re-recorded versions of tracks appeared on their first album in 1983, including "Walking on Sunshine." The other song that was redone was one titled "Going Down to Liverpool," which was written by band member Kimberley Rew. Between the time this song was first released on their album in '83 and its newly recorded version in '85, the song was picked up and recorded by another up-n-coming band - The Bangles. The all-female band had signed with Columbia Records and for their 1984 debut album All Over the Place, it was suggested that they record "Liverpool." They did and it ended up being released as the LP's second single. Unfortunately, it didn't chart in the US, however it did make a brief appearance on the UK chart at #79. A reissue of the song in the UK the following year did a bit better reaching #56. Katrina & the Waves never issued the song out as a single, but it was the b-side to "Sunshine." With the Bangles popularity on the rise and MTV playing the video for this song, it ended up more associated with them than with Katrina & the Waves.


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