Friday, April 9, 2021

"Promise Me" by The Cover Girls

Song#:  3458
Date:  03/26/1988
Debut:  82
Peak:  40
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This Latin freestyle trio finally cracked the Pop Top 40 with their third single "Because of You." It got to #27 while reaching #16 at Dance. The track was from their debut album Show Me as was this follow-up single. The change of pace ballad would just barely become the trio's second Pop Top 40 entry. Despite the low peak, the song was a slow bloomer that took its time catching on in various regions and it would spend a lengthy 19 weeks on the chart.

ReduxReview:  This ballad was something different from the dance-oriented act and it was a good selection to follow up their first Top 40 entry. It was a radio-friendly track that did fairly well. However, I found the track a little basic, bland and boring. The album version drones on for nearly 7 minutes while the single was slightly more concise at over 4 minutes. After a couple minutes of either one of them, I was kind of done. Nothing about it grabbed my attention and made me want to hear it again. Also, it may just be me or the way she sang it, but the lead vocal seemed to be ever so slightly flat throughout the song. That combined with her nasal, girlish tone put me off. It was not a bad song, it was just something that didn't hit my ears right.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was written and produced by Andy Tripoli, Albert Cabrera, and Tony Moran. The same trio also wrote (with Bobby Khozouri) and produced the trio's first single, the #4 Dance hit "Show Me" (#44 Pop). Cabrera and Moran had recently decided to work together as a production/remix team and dubbed themselves The Latin Rascals. The duo headed up remixes for artists like Aretha Franklin and Pet Shop Boys, but it was their work on "Show Me" that really amped up their career. They would work together and separately over the years with Moran earning two Grammy nods for Best Dance Recording for a pair of tracks he work on with Gloria Estefan. In addition to working for other artists, The Latin Rascals also released a couple of albums. Their first one was the unusual 1987 concept LP Bach to the Future on which the duo put their own electronic dance spin on classical pieces, such as the Pachelbel's Canon, which they turned into "Paco Bell Cannon." The first single from the LP, "Macho Mozart," became a popular club song that got to #14 on the Dance chart. Their next single was a combination of the album track "Arabian Knights" along with a song they wrote for the soundtrack to the comedy flick Disorderlies titled "Disorderly Conduct." The combo single got to #22 at Dance. The following year, they recorded a more straight-forward dance album titled When She Goes. Two songs from the LP made the Dance chart near the Top 30 mark. After that, it seems their focus turned to working with other artists. Over the years, both Moran and Cabrera would also do a few of their own solo works.

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