Sunday, December 20, 2020

"Lover's Lane" by Georgio

Song#:  3353
Date:  12/05/1987
Debut:  86
Peak:  59
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Dance, R&B

Pop Bits:  Georgio's debut LP for Motown, Sex Appeal, sold a few copies and ended up reaching #27 R&B and #117 Pop thanks to a pair of singles that included the #1 Dance/#5 R&B hit "Tina Cherry" (#96 Pop). Hoping to keep up some momentum, this third single from the LP was released. Like his previous two singles, it would make the Dance Top 10 reaching #2. It did less well at R&B getting to #26 while missing the top half of the Pop chart. A fourth single, "Bedrock," would make it to #5 Dance and #37 R&B. It would fail to make the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  Just like his other singles, this one leaned heavy on the Prince/Minneapolis sound. It wasn't quite as Prince-ly as "Tina Cherry," where it sounded like he was trying to beat Prince at his own game, but elements of the Purple One were still evident. It also wasn't quite as bad as "Tina Cherry." The groove was solid while the production was crisp and clean. It got a bit repetitive and didn't have enough hooks to lure in pop radio, but overall it was a fairly good dance track.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song would end up being Georgio's last to reach the Pop chart. His second Motown album was a self-titled effort that came out in 1988. It seems for the most part, Georgio was still chasing after Prince. The LP's first single, "I Don't Want 2 Be Alone," which used the "2" instead of "to" in the same way Prince had started to do years earlier, was a ballad that didn't create any distance between Georgio and the Prince sound. The single got to #37 R&B. Another track on the album, "Romantic Love," only got to #39 at Dance. With those results, the album topped out at #55 R&B while not making the Pop chart. Georgio then left Motown and signed on with RCA for his third album, 1991's Rollin'. The title track got to #35 R&B while a second single only got to #70. The album failed to make any chart and with that, Georgio's music career came to a close. He would later attempt a career in film by writing, directing, and starring in the 2003 music biz crime drama Tapped Out, which featured an appearance by rapper Coolio. After that, Georgio seemingly disappeared from the entertainment business.


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