Saturday, August 17, 2019

"I Feel the Magic" by Belinda Carlisle

Song#:  2863
Date:  09/20/1986
Debut:  90
Peak:  82
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Carlisle's first solo single after leaving The Go-Go's, "Mad About You," would be a solid success reaching #3 at Pop. It would also be a minor hit at AC (#25) and Dance (#21). For a follow-up, this Motown-inspired track was selected. Unfortunately, this one couldn't catch on and it stalled near the bottom of the chart. Still, Carlisle's debut solo album, Belinda, would be a gold seller that got to #13.

ReduxReview:  This somewhat blue-eyed soul tune was a good album track, but it wasn't the best choice for a single. It just didn't have that extra zest that made something like "Mad About You" stand out. In other words, it wasn't very memorable. I think "Band of Gold" (see below) might have done a bit better as a follow-up. Instead, it was the third single and after this one failed, no one at Pop radio was particularly interested in spinning the tune.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Carlisle's third single from her album was "Band of Gold," a remake of a song originally recorded by R&B singer Freda Payne. Written by Edythe Wayne (a pseudonym for the famous Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team) and Ron Dunbar, Payne's 1970 single would get to #3 Pop and #20 R&B. Carlisle's version would fail to chart at Pop, but a remix of the tune that featured Payne on background vocals would get to #26 Dance. Earlier in '86, another artist attempted to have a hit with the song. Bonnie Tyler released her remake as the third single from her album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. It also failed to chart at Pop. No other artist has been able to put a cover version of the song on the Pop chart. However, American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke released a version in 2007 that would get to #1 at Dance and #9 AC.


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