Wednesday, September 23, 2020

"Boys Night Out" by Timothy B. Schmit

Song#:  3266
Date:  09/19/1987
Debut:  91
Peak:  25
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Former Eagle Schmit kicked off a solo career in 1982 by contributing the remake "So Much in Love" to the soundtrack for the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The song got to #59 and was later included on Schmit's 1984 debut solo album Playin' It Cool. Over the next couple of years he would help out a lot of other artists, but finally found time and inspiration to get back into the studio to record a second solo disc. It would be titled simply Timothy B and this first single would get issued out. It got some attention at Rock reaching #17 while cracking the Top 30 on the Pop chart. It would end up being his biggest solo hit. The album would sell a minor few copies and reach #106. Schmit's third solo album, 1990's Tell Me the Truth failed to generate any charting tracks and it disappeared quickly. By 1994, he was back with a reunited Eagles and has remained with them since. Along the way he would record a few indie solo discs.

ReduxReview:  This song got near the Top 20, yet I don't remember it at all. It's an interesting track. The hi-gloss 80s production is a highlight and the song itself wasn't too different from some of the songs being tossed out by fellow former Eagles Glenn Frey and Don Henley. Frankly, if the band had stayed together, this could have been something that they might have considered recording. I like the track, but I'm a bit surprised it got so high on the chart as I wouldn't have pegged it for hit potential. While Schmit's solo career would never stack up to the heights reached by Henley or Frey, at least he did get a pretty good track on the chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  For a three-year period beginning in 1983, Schmit would tour with Jimmy Buffett at a member of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. Apparently at a 1985 show in Cincinnati, Buffett commented about members of the audience who continually showed up to his concerts usually wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats. He compared them to the "Deadheads" that followed The Grateful Dead. That's when Schmit yelled over at Buffett and said that the fans were then like "parrot heads." Buffett liked that and tossed the phrase out over to the audience. The name was quickly embraced and it stuck. Followers of Buffett then called themselves Parrot Heads and by 1989 the first Parrot Head club was founded. Years later, children of Parrot Heads and younger new fans got the nickname of being Parakeets.


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