Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"Lost in You" by Rod Stewart

Song#:  3511
Date:  05/07/1988
Debut:  76
Peak:  12
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The 80s were a bit up-n-down for Stewart. Of the five albums he had released between '80 and '86, one would be double-platinum, one platinum, and one gold. The other two were bumps in the road that failed to go gold and that including the last one, 1986's Every Beat of My Heart (#28). Needing a boost in the right direction, for his next effort Stewart worked with Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and Bernard Edwards of Chic (both were members of The Power Station as well). The resulting album, Out of Order, would get kicked off with this lead single that was written by Taylor and Stewart. It would be a hit at Rock getting to #3. Over on the Pop chart, it would also do well getting close to the Top 10. It wasn't a major hit, so the future of the album would hinge on the next singles. Luckily, they would perform just as well or even better and that set the LP up to be one of Stewart's most successful of the decade.

ReduxReview:  "Lost in You" was nearly lost on me. Talk about a blast from the past. I had completely forgotten that this song existed. It is also one that rarely appears on any of his hits compilations. The song was just right for the time it came out, but in the long run, it wasn't one of Stewart's most memorable or enduring hits. Still, it was a good song and it got Stewart back to a rock-rooted sound. The tune was guitar driven, which was a nice change from the 80s synth-led tracks he had been doing. The mandolin was a nice add and kind of came off as a throw back to some of Stewart's earlier hits. The soft chorus was also an interesting choice following the anthematic verse. The near-Top 10 is now overlooked in his catalog and it is kind of too bad as it was a quality track that kicked of a string off hits for him.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Following the guitar solo of the song, you hear Rod Stewart say "I miss you, baby." There is a female response of "I miss you too." The female voice was supplied by Stewart's then-girlfriend Kelly Emberg. Born in Houston, Emberg began a career in modeling in her teens. She got picked up by NYC's Elite Modeling Agency and appeared in many ads and fashion magazines. She also appeared in several of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and was on the cover in 1986. She began a relationship with Rod Stewart in 1983. The pair would have a daughter, Ruby, in 1987 (she was Stewart's fourth child). By 1990, the relationship was over. According to Stewart, Emberg ended the relationship as she had met someone else. She later sued for palimony with a settlement as an outcome. Emberg would study interior design and work for an L.A. design company. Later she developed a love for gardening and became known as "The Model Gardener." She has gotten exposure via social media and has done programs for iHeartRadio.


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