Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Que Te Quiero" by Katrina and the Waves

Song#:  2495
Date:  10/12/1985
Debut:  85
Peak:  71
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Katrina and the Waves were riding a wave to stardom thanks to their ever bright #9 hit "Walking on Sunshine." Their associated self-titled album made it to #25 on the strength of that song and the Top 40 follow-up "Do You Want Crying." They tried for a third solid charter with this track from the album. Unfortunately, it didn't catch on as well and it spent only a few short weeks near the bottom quarter of the chart.

ReduxReview:  This tune is a bit more subdued than their first two singles. I like the retro rock feel of the song along with the castanets and Spanish chorus. Paired with lyrics about heading to Mexico to meet up with a guy, the whole song has kind of a vacation vibe - like something you'd hear playing at a Jimmy Buffett Magaritaville bar. It's a fun tune, but perhaps not the strongest single contender.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In 2000, lead singer Katrina Leskanich decided to add acting to her resume and took on the lead role in the stage musical Leader of the Pack. The show toured around the UK in 2000 and 2001. The show was based on the life of famous songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who co-starred in the original 1985 Broadway production. Also among the Broadway cast was Dinah Manoff (Empty Nest) as the young Ellie, Darlene Love (as herself), and Jasmine Guy, who would soon have her own hit TV series A Different World. The show wasn't received all that well and only ran for 120 performances. It did get a Tony nomination for Best Musical, but it was in a year where there was a derth of new musicals. In fact, for the first time in the history of the Tonys, the Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical categories were eliminated due to the lack of candidates. Apparently, there was only one person eligible for the Best Actress award and the nomination committee decided there wasn't enough worthy Actor performances to nominate. The Choreography category was also scrapped that year. It was a low point for Broadway musicals, but two years later they came roaring back with two shows that would last for years - Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.


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