Thursday, December 5, 2019

"I Wanna Go Back" by Eddie Money

Song#:  2973
Date:  12/20/1986
Debut:  73
Peak:  14
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock, Pop

Pop Bits:  Nine years after his 1977 self-titled debut came out, Money finally got his first Pop Top 10 hit with "Take Me Home Tonight," the first track from his sixth album Can't Hold Back. The single would hit #4 on the Pop chart while becoming his second #1 at Rock. To follow it up, Money released this next track. The song would be a hit at Rock getting to #3. It would also do well at Pop getting to #14. It was his fourth single to reach the Top 20. The pair of hits helped the album reach platinum sales. Background vocals for the song were provided by singer Marilyn Martin of "Separate Lives" fame.

ReduxReview:  This single really should have hit the Top 10. It's a well-written pop tune with production that was perfect for radio. And the sax is pretty sweet. The goods were there on the original (see below), but it really needed the right artist and production to make it a hit. Money was the right person for the job and he ended up with another durable hit for his catalog.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This is a remake of a somewhat obscure Pop charting song from 1984. The band Billy Satellite originally recorded the song for their self-titled debut album. It would be the second single released from the LP and it would get to a minor #78 on the Pop chart. Yet Money wouldn't be the first artist to remake the song. Former Journey member Gregg Rolie picked up the tune and recorded it for his 1985 self-titled debut album. Rolie's version has a slower tempo and is almost like a rock ballad. Money's version is more rock oriented than the synth-heavy Billy Satellite original.


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