Sunday, June 20, 2021

"You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" by Eurythmics

Song#:  3530
Date:  05/28/1988
Debut:  95
Peak:  64
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Synthpop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  Eurythmics had placed four studio albums in the US Top 15 prior to the release of their sixth album Savage. It was probably expected that the LP would follow suit, but it just didn't seem to have that one single they needed to get that done. The first single, "I Need a Man," stalled short of the Top 40 (#46) and this second single would fare worse by not even cracking the top half of the chart. With those results, the album would stop at #41 and fail to reach gold level sales. No further singles from the LP would be released in the US.

ReduxReviewSavage is one of those albums in an artist's catalog that may have not performed well commercially, but then became a cult-ish fan favorite. It was easy for a lot of folks to love Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) or Touch, but Savage was a different beast. It was experimental and nearly chilly in nature. I certainly thought the rave "I Need a Man" should have been a big hit, but other than that there were no other hit contenders on the LP. Yet when played as a whole, it all came together in a way that none of their other albums did. Is it a great album or is it their best? No, but I find it one of their most haunting works and I've always liked it. This Motown/soul-tinged track was probably the best shot at being a single and it was easily the warmest track of the bunch despite taking about a "chill." It might have done better had "I Need a Man" been a hit. Instead it came and went fairly quick, which was too bad. 

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In the duo's UK homeland, the album fared better, but out of their charting LPs, it would be their worst performing peaking at #7. Their six other charting studio albums all made it to at least #4 with two going to #1. Savage was also their first album, save for their non-charting debut, to not generate a Top 10 hit. This single would be the best performing of four releases topping out at #16. The album would still go platinum in the UK, but it was a bit of a bump in the road for them.


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