Thursday, April 1, 2021

"One Good Reason" by Paul Carrack

Song#:  3450
Date:  03/19/1988
Debut:  86
Peak:  28
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  After scoring Top 10 hits as a member of Ace and Mike + the Mechanics, Carrack landed a solo Top 10 with the #9 "Don't Shed a Tear." The single was taken from his third solo album One Good Reason. To follow it up, this title track song was released. It didn't do quite as well, but it did at least crack the Pop Top 30 while getting to #20 at Rock. The LP had already peaked at #67, which would be his best result as a solo artist.

ReduxReview:  While this song wasn't nearly as good as "Don't Shed a Tear," it was still a solid track that had a hooky chorus. It sounded like something that Steve Winwood might have recorded. The production by Christopher Neil (Sheena Easton, Mike + the Mechanics) was quite beefy and it certainly helped the song along. It was a descent follow up and peaked about where it should have.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After original member Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, he formed The Bleeding Hearts Band, a group he assembled to back him as a solo artist. Although Waters had already released his first solo disc in 1984 (The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking) prior to officially leaving Pink Floyd, he was anxious to get started on projects free of his ties to his old band. He hired on several musicians and vocalists to form The Bleeding Hearts Band including Paul Carrack. Their first project together would be supplying the soundtrack to the British animated film When the Wind Blows. Waters would write the score and he would record the track with The Bleeding Hearts Band. Also included on the soundtrack were songs by David Bowie, Genesis, Squeeze, and Paul Hardcastle. David Bowie was originally tapped to write the score, but due to the time it was taking to record his album Never Let Me Down, he was only able to submit the title track. It was released as a single and got to #44 in the UK. The movie, which was about an older couple's experience after a nuclear attack (let's just say this ain't Disney...), was critically well-received, but it wasn't a big hit at the box office. In the US, it barely got a release. It found a larger audience via home video. The Bleeding Hearts Band would see some shuffling of personnel, but would work on Waters' second solo disc, 1987's Radio K.A.O.S,. and subsequent tour in addition to appearing in Waters' 1990 The Wall - Live in Berlin show.


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