Monday, April 1, 2019

"I Want You" by Animotion

Song#:  2725
Date:  05/17/1986
Debut:  87
Peak:  84
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Synthpop

Pop Bits:  Animotion's second album, Strange Behavior, didn't get off to a good start when its first single, "I Engineer," petered out at a low #76. They needed something to turn the album's fortunes around, so this next track was pushed out as a follow-up. Unfortunately, it did even worse circling the bottom of the Pop chart for a short month. With those results, the LP stalled early at #71 and then quietly disappeared.

ReduxReview:  This isn't too bad of a synthpop tune, but there isn't much here that would elevate it above being a good album track. It's just average. Ritchie Zito's production is spot-on, but it wasn't enough to really make it be a standout single. It's fine, just forgettable.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Two songs on the Strange Behavior album were written by band member Don Kirkpatrick and songwriter Randy Sharp. Sharp started out as a solo artist in the mid-70s and issued out a couple of album including one on RCA. The records didn't do anything, but it wasn't long before artists began picking up his songs for themselves. Prior to '86, Sharp's songs were getting recorded by artists like Reba McEntire, Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, Jennifer Warnes, and Anne Murray. While the majority of his songs were in the country genre, he also did some pop tunes such as the title track to Strange Behavior. Over the years, Sharp's songs would get recorded by major country artists with seven of his songs reaching #1 on the Country chart. His compositions have won three Grammy awards. His daughter Maia Sharp is a solo artist and has issued out several well-received albums.


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