Tuesday, July 14, 2020

"Say You Really Want Me" by Kim Wilde

Song#:  3194
Date:  07/18/1987
Debut:  89
Peak:  44
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Wilde scored her first and only US #1 hit with a cover of The Supremes' 1966 #1 "You Keep Me Hangin' On." The single was from her fifth album Another Step. For a follow-up, this next track was selected. The tune seemed to be shaping up as another Top 40 entry for Wilde, but then it suddenly stopped short of that mark. By this point in time the album had already peaked at #40 and this single didn't do much to further sales. A third single, "Another Step (Closer to You)", a duet with British R&B singer Junior ("Mama Used to Say"), was released but it failed to chart.

ReduxReview:  It wasn't necessarily a bad idea to give this song a second chance (see below) mainly because there wasn't another surefire hit on the album and it followed in the dance-pop footsteps of "You Keep Me Hangin' On." However, it still wasn't a very strong single contender. I think what might have helped would have been to get a big name remixer to step in and overhaul the track. That might have pushed the tune further up the chart. While I liked the track, it was a little weak for a single. I actually thought the title track was a far better contender, but as a third single it didn't get any consideration.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was originally recorded for the 1986 film Running Scared starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. The movie's soundtrack had already generated two hit singles, "Sweet Freedom" by Michael McDonald (#7) and "Man Size Love" by Klymaxx (#15), and this Wilde song was selected to be a third single. On initial release, the track was able to reach #32 on the Dance chart, but failed to reach the Pop chart. When it came time to follow-up "You Keep Me Hangin' On," this song was given a second chance. It did much better getting close to the Top 40, but it still failed to become a significant hit.


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