Thursday, March 7, 2019

"Lead a Double Life" by Loverboy

Song#:  2700
Date:  04/26/1986
Debut:  96
Peak:  68
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  For the first time, the Canadian band scored two Top 10 hits from one album. Lovin' Every Minute of It featured the #9 title track and the #10 power ballad "This Could Be the Night." However, the hits were not consecutive. In between was the LP's second single, "Dangerous," which posed no threat to other chart songs and fizzled at a low #65. Since "This Could Be the Night" got things turned around, it seemed logical to issue out a fourth single. Three of the band's members helped co-write this track which was selected for release. Yet like "Dangerous," it just wasn't clicking with listeners and it stalled in the bottom third of the chart. It even failed to make the Rock chart something which the previous three singles were all able to do. In the end it didn't really matter as the album had already become their fourth multi-platinum Top 20 hit in a row.

ReduxReview:  What is this? On first listen I had to verify that I had called up the right track. How do I describe this? It's like a new wave synth track on speed covered in a faux punk-ish arena rock cloak. Actually, it nearly sounds like a rejected song from Styx's Kilroy Was Here album. It's so odd and nothing like what I expected from Loverboy. And what is up with Mike Reno's lead vocals? I guess he is using his lower range in an odd processed way. Then there is a smokin' hard rock guitar solo in the middle of this mess. Not to mention lyrics  - "I had a champagne milkshake for breakfast" - whaa? It actually took five people to write this thing...five! As a kooky, experimental album track, I guess this is okay. I'd consider it filler. But who in the hell green-lit this one for a single? The fact that it even made the Pop chart is a freakin' miracle. I'd dump this one into the "what were they thinking" file...and then burn the file.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  Back in 1984, lead singer Mike Reno stepped away from the band to record a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart. "Almost Paradise" would be a #7 hit from the soundtrack to the film Footloose. Four years later, Reno would climb back on board the soundtrack bandwagon and record solo tracks for three different films. In 1988 he recorded "Chasing the Angels" for Iron Eagle II and also did "Dream Machine" for Watchers. The following year he contributed "Whenever There's a Night" to the soundtrack for Dream a Little Dream. Unfortunately, all three films were critical and box office failures, which didn't help the songs at all. "Whenever There's a Night" was the only one officially issued out as a single, but it failed to chart.


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