Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Prove Me Wrong" by David Pack

Song#:  2592
Date:  01/25/1986
Debut:  96
Peak:  95
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop, Rock, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Between 1978 and 1980, the band Ambrosia scored three big hits including a pair of #3's - "How Much I Feel" and "Biggest Part of Me." Their soft rock sound carried them far, but when they returned to prog rock on their 1982 album Road Island, folks stayed away. The band then decided to call it quits. Lead singer David Pack then embarked on a solo career and began to work on his debut album Anywhere You Go. This first single would not only be the first one lifted from the album, but it would also be the third song from the hit film White Nights to be issued out. Unfortunately, it could only muster a few short weeks on the Pop chart before disappearing. It would be Pack's only single to reach the Pop chart. Pack wouldn't record another solo album until 2004. In the meantime, he stayed behind the board and became an in-demand producer for many top-tier artists including Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Wynonna, and Patti Austin. He earned a Grammy in 1993 as one of the producers on Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. That collection would win for Best Contemporary Gospel Album.

ReduxReview:  This one certainly caught me off guard. I had never heard it before and I was kind of diggin' it's mid-tempo groove while waiting for the chorus to come along. Then all of a sudden the dang thing goes double time and turns into a synth rock track in a "Danger Zone" kind of way! I was like - WTF! What just happened? I was not pleased. Sometimes these shifts can be very effective and work well, but this is not one of them. I think the main reason it doesn't work is because it makes the chorus sound like a completely separate song. It's also not very memorable. I have no idea why they thought this should be a single. I'm guessing it had to do with the White Nights tie-in, but there was no way this song was gonna be a chart contender.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Although this song didn't earn Pack a hit on the Pop chart, two other tracks from his self-titled debut album did quite well on the AC chart. His second single, "That Girl Is Gone," would make it to #16 while a third single, "I Just Can't Let Go," would make it to #13. The latter single would feature vocal assists from Michael McDonald and James Ingram. Pack would once again make it back on to the AC chart in 2005. The title track to his album The Secret of Movin' On, which featured a guest appearance from Heart's Ann Wilson, would reach #25. The more jazz-oriented album would also feature Pack covering two of his old Ambrosia hits. Each one would make it on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. "Biggest Part of Me" would hit #11 while "You're the Only Woman" would get to #13.


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