Friday, December 21, 2018

"It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" by Eurythmics

Song#:  2625
Date:  02/15/1986
Debut:  89
Peak:  78
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Synthpop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  Eurythmics' fourth regular studio album Be Yourself Tonight was their second in a row to go platinum thanks to three Top 30 hits including the #5 "Would I Lie to You?" They tried for a fourth hit with this next single from the LP. They got a hit out of it in their UK homeland where it got to #12, but in the US the song couldn't get anywhere and it stalled in the bottom quarter of the Pop chart. Be Yourself Tonight would be the duo's only album to score four charting singles in the US. By contrast, five of their LPs would each get four singles on the UK chart.

ReduxReview:  I thought this Motown-ish song was a great choice for a single. I was hoping it would catch on and at least make the Top 40, but it just couldn't get a break in the US. It had a hooky chorus with verses that had the Eurythmics' brand all over them. The horns are cool and of course Lennox selling it at the end with her ad libs is always a highlight. A terrific song that got overlooked.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song would help Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart win two Ivor Novello awards in 1987. The Ivors are awarded mainly to British/Irish songwriters and composers. The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) run the awards. Ivors have been handed out annually since 1955. This song won for Best Contemporary Song while Lennox and Stewart were given an Ivor for Songwriters of the Year. This was the duo's second Ivor for Songwriters of the Year. They also won in 1984. Lennox would go on to win one herself in 1993 for Best Song for her debut solo single "Why."


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