Saturday, November 21, 2020

"There's the Girl" by Heart

Song#:  3325
Date:  11/07/1987
Debut:  70
Peak:  12
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Heart's album Bad Animals was another multi-platinum success thanks to a pair of Top 10 hits including the #1 "Alone." Their previous self-titled album spawned four Top 10 hits and the band had hopes that the new album would do the same. However, this third single dashed their hopes. It would just stop shy of the Pop Top 10 while getting to #16 at Rock. It certainly wasn't a bad result, but it didn't bode well for further singles as it seemed that Bad Animals didn't have the same legs as their previous album.

ReduxReview:  This song continues Heart's flirtation with commercial pop/rock. While it has a slight smell of industrial hit songwriting (see below), it's not too bad. It just didn't have the same spark and likability factor as their previous six Top 10s. Frankly, I think it is one of their most forgettable hits. It nearly cracked the Top 10, but in the years since the track has pretty much disappeared. It's also one of those songs that could have easily been done by other artists. I could hear Starship or Pat Benatar recording it. In other words, the track is kind of faceless and Heart didn't put a big enough of a stamp on it to truly make it their own.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Holly Knight and Heart's Nancy Wilson. Knight had certainly turned into a go-to hit songwriter. By this point in time she had co-written seven Pop Top 10 hits including one that appeared on Heart's self-titled 1985 comeback album, the #4 "Never." For this tune, Knight worked with Wilson and perhaps because of her co-writing status, Wilson got to perform the lead vocal. It was only the second Heart single where she got to sing the lead. The first was "These Dreams," which topped the Pop chart. Her sister Ann usually handled the lead vocals on most of the band's tracks, but once in a while Nancy got her chance at bat and the two hits made sure that her voice got heard.


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