Tuesday, February 9, 2021

"Don't Look Any Further" by The Kane Gang

Song#:  3400
Date:  02/06/1988
Debut:  84
Peak:  64
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul, Sophisti-Pop

Pop Bits:  This British trio got their first and only US Pop Top 40 entry with "Motortown" (#36), a track from their second album Miracle. For a follow-up, this next track was selected. It would end up doing very well over on the US Dance chart reaching #1. The action there helped the song get on the Pop chart, but it only stuck around for a month. By this point the album had already topped out at a minor #115. Although there was some momentum going their way, the trio wasn't able to capitalize on it right away. By the turn of the decade, one member had left. The remaining two tried to get a new album together, but it wasn't meant to be and they called it a day sometime in '91.

ReduxReview:  After the complete bliss of "Motortown," this track was a bit of a letdown. I wasn't a big fan of the original (see below) and this remake didn't do much to change my mind. In fact, the band did a fairly straightforward version of the song. Except for eliminating the female vocal, they didn't really change or update the track. Still, it was a good fit for the band's brand of sophisti-pop and it certainly wasn't a bad remake. They just didn't do anything to improve on the original.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This is a song originally recorded by Dennis Edwards with Siedah Garrett. It was the first single from Edwards' 1984 debut album of the same name. The song was a hit at R&B reaching #2. It also got to #72 at Pop. In the US, The Kane Gang would be the only other act to reach the Pop chart with a remake of the song. However, in the UK, the song would be a #9 hit for the dance-pop group M People. It was the third single from their 1993 breakthrough album Elegant Slumming. That LP was a multi-platinum #2 hit in the UK thanks to four Top 10 hits. Their next two albums would also be big sellers. Overall, they scored ten Top 10 hits in the UK. In the US, they would earn four #1 hits on the Dance chart, but they couldn't expand into the mainstream. Their only entry on the Pop chart was 1993's "Moving on Up," which got to #34.


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