Sunday, June 9, 2019

"Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" by Glass Tiger

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2794
Date:  07/12/1986
Debut:  86
Peak:  2
Weeks:  24
Genre:  Rock, Pop

Pop Bits:  This Canadian band initially formed in 1983 as Tokyo. After gaining a following and opening up for acts like Culture Club, the band was signed to Capitol Records. They changed their name to Glass Tiger and began working on a debut album with producer/songwriter Jim Vallance (of Bryan Adams fame). This first single, co-written by Vallance and two of the band's members (Alan Frew/Sam Reid), was issued out in Canada early in '86. It would top the chart there in March. The success of the single prompted a release in the States with the Capitol associated Manhattan label. It took a while for the tune to catch on, but it finally did and made its way into the Top 10 peaking just shy of the top spot. Their associated album, The Thin Red Line, would end up being one of the fasting selling LPs up to that point in Canada. In the States it would make it to #27 and go gold. Grammy folks noticed the band and later handed them a Best New Artist nomination.

ReduxReview:  I didn't much care for this shuffle song back in the day. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't a fan. With Vallance's involvement in the writing and production, it sounded like something he and Bryan Adams would have written for another artist (meaning it wasn't good enough for Adams to record himself). That said, it is a perfectly serviceable pop tune. It's got a hooky chorus and the production is neat and clean. Folks loved it enough to take it to #2, which is fine. I just thought it was meh.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Do you recognize a voice in the background on this song? It's none other than fellow Canadian Bryan Adams. Thanks to Vallance's association with the star, Adams stepped in to lend some vocals for two tracks on the band's album. Adams' career was hot at the time thanks to his massively successful Reckless album, so having him as a guest on this song gave it an extra boost.


1 comment:

  1. 7/10 for me, while this was a pretty good song I liked their follow up single "Someday" more than this one.