Wednesday, November 27, 2019

"We Connect" by Stacey Q

Song#:  2965
Date:  12/13/1986
Debut:  91
Peak:  35
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  Stacey Swain, aka Stacey Q, scored a #3 Pop/#4 Dance hit with "Two of Hearts," the first single from her full-length debut album Better Than Heaven. To follow it up, this next track was issued out. The song didn't "connect" quite as well as her previous hit and it stopped short of the Dance Top 10 (#14) while just getting inside the Pop Top 40. A third single, "Insecurity, would fail to reach the Pop chart, but it became her biggest hit on the Dance chart reaching #1. A fourth track from the album, "Music Out of Bounds," would make an appearance on the Dance chart at #19.

ReduxReview:  This song is a natural extension of "Two of Hearts," so it seemed logical to get it out as the second single. The problem was that we already had "Two of Hearts" and didn't necessarily need part two. The chorus was fairly memorable with her getting shocked with his "white hot love" (oh my...), but the rest of the song wasn't as engaging. It lacked the hooky, kooky fun of her first hit.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was written by drummer Willie Wilcox. Around the time that this song was recorded, Wilcox's band was splitting up. He was a member of Utopia, the band headed up by Todd Rundgren. The band would release nine albums between 1974 and 1985 with their best effort being 1979's Adventures in Utopia (#32), which spawned the 1980 #23 Pop hit "Set Me Free." Their popularity declined as the decade wore on and they decided to call it a day in 1986. This Stacey Q song wasn't Wilcox's first that he wrote for another artist. Prior to this he wrote songs that appeared on albums by The Pointer Sisters, David Lasley, Natalie Cole, and Jennifer Holliday. He would later have songs picked up by Dionne Warwick and Kylie Minogue. As a songwriter on his own, this Stacey Q tune would be his best effort on the charts. However, his biggest hit as a songwriter came in 1979 when England Dan & John Ford Coley took "Love Is the Answer" to #10 on the Pop chart and #1 at AC. Wilcox wrote that song with Todd Rundgren for Utopia's 1977 album Oops! Wrong Planet. Utopia released the song as a single, but it failed to chart.


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