Sunday, February 23, 2020

"Do Ya, Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)" by Samantha Fox

Song#:  3052
Date:  03/14/1987
Debut:  98
Peak:  87
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  British singer/model Fox grabbed her first big US hit with the #4 "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)." The success of that single helped get her debut album Touch Me to #24. A follow-up single was certainly in order and this track was selected for release. Unfortunately, it didn't catch on as well and it failed to get out of the basement of the Pop chart. After a little over a month, the song disappeared. Following those results, it was decided that a third single from the LP would not be issued out in the US.

ReduxReview:  This song featured another suggestive title, but it wasn't anything like "Touch Me." Instead of keeping things going in the dance-pop vein, Fox moved into synth rock territory for this one. It nearly comes off like a female-fronted Billy Idol recording. It actually works pretty well. It's an urgent track with some rockin' guitar work and a surprisingly effective vocal from Fox. She probably could have pulled off a hard rock album. Oddly, this is the only real rock track on the album so it seemed a bit out of place. Why it was selected as a single is anyone's guess. It worked out in a few markets, but in the US she was introduced as a dance-pop diva and this change of pace wasn't what folks were looking for. Still, it was an interesting track that highlighted Fox quite well.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  While this song wouldn't do well in the US, it became a second Top 10 hit for Fox in the UK. The tune made it to #10. It also reached the Top 10 in several other countries and even hit #1 in Sweden. Because of that, a third single was pushed out. "Hold on Tight" (not a remake of the ELO hit) was released, but it didn't fare as well. It got to #26 in the UK. Still, a fourth single was called for and "I'm All You Need" was selected. It got to #41 in the UK. The singles kept album sales going and after peaking at #17, the LP would be certified silver (60,000 units) in the UK.


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