Sunday, October 6, 2019

"Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)" by Miami Sound Machine

Song#:  2913
Date:  11/01/1986
Debut:  94
Peak:  25
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The band's breakthrough album, Primitive Love, would be a multi-platinum seller thanks to three Top 10 singles including the #5 "Words Get in the Way." That song was the album's third single and was their highest peaking to-date. With interest in the band still strong, it was decided that a follow-up should be released and this track was selected. It was a good fit for AC and the tune made it to #3. It spent some time on the Pop chart, but in the end could only manage to get inside the Top 30. It would wrap up the run of singles from the album. The band would return to the charts in the summer of '87 for another streak of hits.

ReduxReview:  This was a pleasant little mid-tempo number that served its purpose as a fourth single. It was more suited for AC and it did do well there. It didn't do too bad at Pop, but the mild tune just wasn't strong enough to get much further than the Top 30. Chances are that they didn't really expect to be issuing a fourth single from the LP so the fact that they still had a viable single among the remaining tracks was fortunate.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Despite featuring three Top 10 hits, the Primitive Love album could only manage a #21 peak, which happened in October '86 during the success of "Words Get in the Way." However, the LP remained a consistent seller all year long and would eventually wrap up its stay on the chart after 75 weeks. Because it remained consistently in the top half of the chart for all of '86, the LP claimed the #10 spot on the year-end list of top charting albums. This was a bit unusual due to its #21 peak as most albums that make the year-end Top 10 (or even Top 20) will have hit #1 or peaked inside Top 10. Sometimes a long-lasting consistent seller can be better than having a Top 10 entry that disappears quickly.


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