Sunday, July 15, 2018

"One Night Love Affair" by Bryan Adams

Song#:  2465
Date:  09/14/1985
Debut:  56
Peak:  13
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Adams' fourth album, Reckless, finally reached the #1 spot for a couple of weeks in August. It was helped along by the #5 showing of the LP's fourth single "Summer of '69." With the album still securely in the Top 5, it was decided that a fifth single would be released. This album opening track was selected and it would become Adams' fourth Top 10 at Rock getting to #7. At Pop, the song ran out of steam before it could reach the Top 10. Still, the hit made Adams one of only three artists to get five Top 20's from one album. The other two artists being Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen (however, all their hits were Top 10's).

ReduxReview:  The hits from Adams just kept a-rollin' along and this was another single-worthy track from an album full of radio-ready rock tunes. Adams and his writing partner Jim Vallance were really at their peak when they penned songs for this album. They even wrote a bunch of solid songs on the side that were picked up by other artists as well. Adams would go on to have bigger hits than the ones on Reckless, but I don't think he's ever been as consistent of a writer as he was during this time period.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Just prior to this song being issued as a single, it was used in the sci-fi comedy Real Genius, which starred Val Kilmer. It was Kilmer's second film and second starring role. His first leading role was in the spoof/action comedy Top Secret! in 1984. Real Genius received mixed reviews and was a moderate box office hit. It has since become a bit of a cult movie with certain folks debating the validity of the (fictional) scientific aspects of the film. The film's final scene which involves filling a house with popcorn that was popped by a laser was even put to the test on the popular science TV show MythBusters. Although their tests showed that perhaps a house could possibly fill up with popcorn that was popped via a laser (they used heat induction for the test), it would never bust through doors and windows or ruin a house as it did in the movie because the popcorn was too soft and could never attain the density and pressure needed to break through windows or doors.


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