Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"Lover Come Back to Me" by Dead or Alive

Song#:  2468
Date:  09/21/1985
Debut:  94
Peak:  75
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Synthpop, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  This UK band's second album Youthquake was doing quite well thanks to its first single, the #11 Pop/#4 Dance hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)." This next track was selected to be the second single and it did fairly well at Dance getting to #13. However, it just couldn't make much of a dent in the Pop chart and it stalled after making it a quarter of the way up. Despite the lack of a significant follow-up, the album still sold very well and ended up being certified gold.

ReduxReview:  The production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW) applied their studio magic to the band's excessively hooky "You Spin Me Round" and it worked out very well. SAW do the same with this track, but the song is not nearly as strong. The opening beats have the feel of an updated version of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," yet the verse and bridge are quite weak. The chorus isn't too bad with its defiant "kick right down," but the track as a whole just doesn't stay in my mind for very long.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although this second single didn't go anywhere on the Pop chart, a third single was pushed out. "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor)" couldn't reach the Pop chart, but it was another winner for the band at Dance getting to #15. Although their success on the Pop chart was very limited, the band did quite well filling up the dance floors. They would end up with seven Top 10's on the Dance chart including two #1's.


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