Tuesday, July 7, 2020

"Kiss and Tell" by Breakfast Club

Song#:  3187
Date:  07/11/1987
Debut:  93
Peak:  48
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This band with a bit of Madonna history attached to it made their own mark with the #7 Pop/#7 Dance hit "Right on Track." It was taken from their self-titled debut album as was this next single. The mid-tempo track showed a different side of the band and while it did well in a few markets, overall it just barely cracked the Pop Top 50. A third single, "Never Be the Same," would do well at Dance reaching #8 while a fourth track, "Expressway to Your Heart" got to #30 Dance. Neither would make the Pop chart. The album was a modest seller that topped out at #43. Unfortunately, the band wouldn't make the US charts again.

ReduxReview:  This is a nice track, but it just wasn't quite strong enough to break wider. It's one of those songs that is lovely when you are listening to it, but then you forget about it quickly after it's done. Without that memorability factor, the track had a hard time on the chart and died about halfway up. Although they were able to score another Dance hit, in general the album just didn't have a track as pop radio ready as "Right on Track."

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Following the singles from their debut album, the band recorded a one-off track for the teen comedy flick License to Drive. They recorded a version of The Beatles' 1965 song "Drive My Car." The tune was featured on the soundtrack album and released as a single, but it did not chart. Still, with a Top 10 hit and a decent selling album, the band's label, MCA, gave the green light for a second album. With a new member on board, Randy Jackson (of American Idol fame), the band set out to record a new LP. It was completed, but for some reason it ended up getting shelved. Not long after that, the band split up. Years later in 2016, some tracks from the abandoned second album were revisited and digitally released on an EP titled Percolate.


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