Wednesday, November 25, 2020

"Someone to Love Me for Me" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam featuring Full Force

Song#:  3329
Date:  11/14/1987
Debut:  92
Peak:  78
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The group's second album, Spanish Fly, would be their first to reach the Pop and R&B Top 10s (#7 on each chart) and their second to go platinum. This was mainly due to a pair of back-to-back #1's (also on both charts), "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion." Hopes were high that the album would spawn a third major hit, but this single would only do well at R&B getting to #7. It didn't do well on the Pop chart topping out at a very low #78. Despite the results, the group certainly had made their mark and were at the peak of their career.

ReduxReview:  It was a smart move to follow up the two upbeat #1's with a ballad, but this wasn't the right one for a mainstream audience. Done almost in trio form with Lisa Lisa and two members of Full Force and enhanced by gospel-like background vocals, the tune didn't have the same appeal as their other hit ballad, the #3 R&B/#8 Pop "All Cried Out." It made for a good album track, but I don't think it was the best candidate for a single.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  A third single from the album, "Everything Will B-Fine," failed to make the Pop chart, but was another winner for them becoming their sixth R&B Top 10 (#9). The group would have one more R&B chart hit before they would issue out their third album in 1989. They would record the song "Go for Yours" for the soundtrack to the comedy sequel Caddyshack II. It would be released as a single and reach #19 at R&B. It did not make the Pop chart. Caddyshack II was a critical failure and was a bust at the box office. Despite that, the main song from the film, Kenny Loggins' "Nobody's Fool," was a #8 Pop hit.


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