Sunday, April 25, 2021

"We All Sleep Alone" by Cher

Song#:  3474
Date:  04/09/1988
Debut:  84
Peak:  14
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  After winning an Oscar, Cher returned to music and made quite the comeback with the #10 hit "I Found Someone." It was the lead single from her self-titled album and was her first Top 10 hit since 1979. To follow it up, this next track was selected. It wouldn't do quite as well, but it still managed to crack the Pop Top 20 while getting to #11 at AC. It would mark the first time since 1971 that Cher got a pair of Pop Top 20s from one album. Just about a month after this song debuted on the chart, the Cher album would reach its peak of #32. It would become her first gold album since 1979 and eventually would go platinum.

ReduxReview:  This song was written and produced by Desmond Child, Jon Bon Jovi, and Richie Sambora. It came at a time when Bon Jovi and Sambora were trying to branch out as writers for hire. In addition, the whole Bon Jovi crew played on the track. It gave the tune some late-80s rock radio cred, but it wasn't one that I'd say sounded like Bon Jovi, and that was probably a good thing. I doubt anyone really wanted to hear Cher singing lead on "Livin' on a Prayer." This song seemed to be more custom fitted to what Cher was doing with her album and I think it worked well. She got to rock out a bit without going overboard and the song itself was well-arranged and produced. It wasn't quite as memorable as "I Found Someone," but it performed well as a follow-up.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The videos for this song and for "I Found Someone" featured Cher with Rob Camilletti, her boyfriend at the time. Much was made of the relationship due to the 18-year age gap between the two and the fact that he was a struggling actor working at a bagel shop when they met in 1986. He would be her date to the Oscars when she won Best Actress for Moonstruck. The pair seemed happy and Cher just brushed aside all the tabloid fodder about them. His first professional job was doing the "I Found Someone" video. From there his newfound fame and connections got him some acting jobs including spots on TV shows like Roseanne and NYPD Blue. However, after an incident Camilletti had with the paparazzi in '88 landed him in jail, things took a turn. They would break up in '89. Cher would continue with her career, but Camilletti decided that acting and showbiz wasn't for him and he ended up getting his pilots license. He eventually got a job piloting private planes for celebrities and other rich folks - even one time for Cher. After the breakup, the pair had remained friends.


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