Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Looking Over My Shoulder" by 'til tuesday

Song#:  2433
Date:  08/24/1985
Debut:  78
Peak:  61
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  This Boston band headed up by Aimee Mann produced an 80s classic with their debut single "Voices Carry" (#8 Pop/#14 Rock). It helped propel their first album to #19 and reach gold level sales. For a follow-up, this next track was selected. Unfortunately it couldn't gain much ground after debuting on the chart and it fell off after a few weeks.

ReduxReview:  When you come out with something as distinctive as "Voices Carry" (and its famous video), you'd better have something just as interesting to follow it up. Unfortunately for 'til tuesday, this wasn't it. While I like the song just fine, it really didn't make for a good single and was nowhere near strong enough to keep the band aloft after "Voices." I'm not sure why the album opener "Love in a Vacuum" wasn't released as the second single. If paired with another unique video, that song had a shot to do well. The tune had a quirky flavor that was just as memorable as "Voices." Sadly, the label waited to push it out as the third single and by that time it was too late to generate interest and it never charted. Still, this song is one of the better tracks on the album.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The band's drummer, Michael Hausman, would stay with them until their breakup in 1988. After that, he continued to work as a musician, but also switched hats and turned to artist management. His main client at the start? Aimee Mann, of course! As of this posting, Mann is still a client of Hausman's. Over the years, Hausman's management company has picked up some high-profile clients like Suzanne Vega and Marc Cohn.


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