Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"Dancin' in My Sleep" by Secret Ties

Song#:  2964
Date:  12/13/1986
Debut:  92
Peak:  91
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Dance, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This group was mainly headed up by producer/songwriter Brian Soares. He became one of the first artists signed to a new dance-oriented label called Nightwave. In 1985, Soares put out a solo Hi-NRG cover version of Olivia Newton-John's 1980 #1 hit "Magic." Perhaps feeling that his tunes would be better served by female vocals, Soares hired on Linda Harmon to sing his tunes. Their first collaboration was this song that got issued out as a single. It made a few waves on the Dance chart getting to #29. It crossover over to the Pop chart, but only stayed for a minor few weeks near the bottom. A second single, "One Night," would follow in '87 (#46 Dance) along with a debut album titled All Through the Night. Soares would then leave Nightwave and as Secret Ties with various female vocalists, would issue out a few singles for a couple of labels, but nothing charted. Soares would die of an AIDS related illness in 1997.

ReduxReview:  This borders on Latin freestyle, especially in the break section, but it is mainly just a pop-dance track. The production value is not that great and it has that tinny 80s Casio keyboard sound to it, but the chorus is not too bad. It basically sounds like what it is - an indie 80s dance track. It's certainly nothing special, but overall it's not too bad of a little ditty.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Linda Harmon seemed to go on and have a career singing and appearing in various TV shows, films, and animated series. Among her early credits was singing for the short-lived 1980 TV variety show Pink Lady and Jeff. She also has a credit singing the theme song to the hit show Diff'rent Strokes along with Gloria Loring and Alan Thicke. She also did work for several Disney projects including The Little Mermaid and Tarzan.


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