Friday, July 3, 2020

"In Love with Love" by Debbie Harry

Song#:  3183
Date:  07/04/1987
Debut:  85
Peak:  70
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  Harry's second solo disc, Rockbird, didn't get off to a great start with its first single, "French Kissin'," stalling at #57. A second single was attempted with "Free to Fall," but it failed to reach any chart. To try and turn things around, this next track was pushed out as a third single. The remix version would be a big hit in clubs with the song reaching #1 on the Dance chart. It would be Harry's only solo #1 on any US chart. The tune then crossed over to Pop, but it couldn't make much headway peaking at a minor #70. It would end up being Harry's last solo single to make the Pop chart. Her third album, 1989's Def, Dumb & Blonde (credited to Deborah Harry), featured the #2 Rock track "I Want That Man." Solo albums released in '93 and 2007 would each spawn one Dance Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  The remix of this song, done by the Stock Aitken Waterman team, helped to make this a Dance hit. The trio perked up the tune by adding their signature sound to an album track that was kind of meh to begin with. It may have packed dance floors, but the update wasn't enough to make it click at pop radio. The tune was bland to begin with, so SAW's adds certainly gave it a boost. Still, it didn't make it any more memorable.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although this would be Harry's last solo single to reach the Pop chart, she would get one more as a member of Blondie. That band hadn't released anything since they split after 1982's The Hunter. Seventeen years later, the band got back together and recorded the LP No Exit. Its lead single, "Maria," would hit #9 at Dance and would briefly cross over to the Pop chart where it stopped at a low #82. Although the single didn't do all that well on the Pop chart, it did get a lot of attention as did the band's reunion, which helped the album get to #18. In the UK "Maria" would hit #1 while the album would get to #3 and go gold.


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