Friday, March 8, 2019

"Say It, Say It" by E.G. Daily

Song#:  2701
Date:  04/26/1986
Debut:  95
Peak:  70
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Synthpop, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  E.G. Daily first broke into entertainment via acting. A few bit parts led to better roles in films like Streets of Fire, Valley Girl, and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. She had a solid singing voice and songwriting skills and along the way she was able to get a deal with A&M Records. The label paired her with hot-at-the-time producers like Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey and the result was her debut LP Wild Child. Yet despite the catchy pop she co-wrote and recorded with Faltermeyer and Forsey, it was this collaboration with two of Madonna's former cohorts Stephen Bray (co-writer) and Jellybean Benitez (producer) that was selected to be the LP's first single. The song would be a winner at Dance getting to #1 on that chart. It was able to cross over to the Pop chart where it resided a while, but it just couldn't quite made it out of the basement. It would be her only song to reach the Pop chart. Another track from the album, "Love in the Shadows," would reach #6 at Dance and her song from the soundtrack to the film Summer School, "Mind Over Matter," would hit #7. Her follow up album in 1987 wouldn't generate the same kind of hits and it disappeared quickly along with her A&M contract. She would continue to sing and record, but her voice would soon be heard in millions of homes in a completely different way (see below).

ReduxReview:  Thanks to Bray and Benitez, this certainly sounded like a Madonna clone tune. Even Daily's voice seems influenced by the diva on this track. Yet Daily's voice is far stronger and as the song goes along she gets a chance to flex her muscles a bit. It's odd because the balance of her album doesn't really sound like this song. I'm sure the label wanted their own Madonna-ish star and/or hit and though Daily could do it. Bringing in Bray and Benitez was a way to make sure that happened. It kind of did since the tune got to #1 at Dance, but by this time the sound of this song was almost like "old" Madonna and fickle pop fans had moved on (as had Madonna). Still, it's a pretty solid knock off and it helps when a good vocalist like Daily is leading the way.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Daily would continue to sing and act after her major label days ended, but sometime in the early 90s her career took an odd turn. Her unique voice began to get her work as a voice over artist. Things really broke wide for her when she provided the voice of Tommy Pickles in the hit Nickelodeon animated series The Rugrats. She would do the voice of Tommy and other characters for the full nine season run of the show (1991-2004). That led to a long list of voice over credits that included TV shows like The Powerpuff Girls. She also provided the voice for Babe in the film Babe: Pig in the City. Her voice is heard practically daily by many people in the syndicated reruns of the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. She dubs the voice of the character Jake in the show's opening theme song. Daily may not have been a pop diva for long, but her voice certainly provided her with an extensive and successful career - just in a different way.


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