Friday, June 7, 2019

"What Does It Take" by Honeymoon Suite

Song#:  2792
Date:  07/12/1986
Debut:  94
Peak:  52
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  This Canadian band cracked the US Pop Top 40 with "Feel It Again," the second single from their second album The Big Prize. The song was also a hit at Rock radio reaching #8. For a follow-up, this next track was selected. While it spent the same amount of time on the Pop chart (16 weeks) as "Feel It Again," it couldn't cross over the halfway mark. It also didn't do as well at Rock only reaching #38. The album would make it to #61, which was just one notch lower than the peak of their 1984 self-titled debut. The song would do better in Canada reaching #21.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure why this song didn't do better. It's a strong rock ballad with a nice chorus and solid production from Bruce Fairbairn. It seemed like the perfect follow-up to "Feel It Again" and destined to do better. Somehow, the tune either didn't catch on our couldn't breakthrough to a wider audience. It was on the chart for quite a long time so it was obviously doing well in some US markets. It's too bad it didn't catch fire more. The tune deserved a better fate.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In addition to being on The Big Prize, this song was picked up for use in the 1986 John Cusack/Demi Moore film One Crazy Summer. Written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, it was the follow-up to his 1985 cult flick Better Off Dead, which also starred Cusack. One Crazy Summer received mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office. In the long run, it wouldn't garner the same cult film status of Better Off Dead. Although there was plenty of music used in the film, no official soundtrack was ever released.


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