Friday, August 20, 2021

"Inside Outside" by The Cover Girls

Song#:  3588
Date:  07/23/1988
Debut:  87
Peak:  55
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Latin Freestyle

Pop Bits:  The vocal trio's debut album Show Me had already spawned four singles including a pair of Pop Top 40 entries. The LP was sort of a late bloomer slowly gaining an audience, so to try and keep interest going, this fifth single was issued out. It would do fairly well on the Dance chart getting to #12, but it stopped just shy of entering the top half of the Pop chart. Although the album had already peaked at #64 back in February of '88, the string of singles kept it on the chart for over a year (61 weeks).

ReduxReview:  On their album, Andy "Panda" Tripoli and The Latin Rascals team wrote and produced four tracks. All four would be released as singles including this one. Like the others, this track was just meh. It was run-o-tha-mill freestyle that had a slightly catchy chorus, a capable lead vocal, and production that was a bit one-dimensional. The Cole/Clivillés track "Because of You" was the best song/production on the album and it was the trio's best charting single to-date getting to #27. All four of the Tripoli/Rascals tracks didn't get close to that. Unfortunately, the trio only worked with Cole/Clivillés on the one track. The label should have released the Louis A. Martinee (Exposé) written/produced song "One Night Affair" instead of this one. I think it might have cracked the Top 40, but for some reason, they had to go with the weaker fourth track from the other team. Still, the five singles from the album kept the trio going on the charts for over a year and a half.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Late in '87, original member Sunshine Wright left the group. Auditions were held for her replacement and the person who go the job was Margo Urban. The singer got tossed into the music business rather quickly since the group's star was rising and she found herself on the go with touring and recording a new Cover Girls album. However, it seems the fast paced lifestyle of a successful music act was a little too much for Urban and she left the trio in 1992. She moved to Sarasota, Florida, and for a time was the host of a local TV show. She also modeled and owned a clothing store. Urban was later diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins lymphoma cancer, but she was able to overcome it in 2006. It seems that along the way Urban met former NYPD detective, author, and sometime actor Bo Dietl. Dietl would appear in three Martin Scorsese films including 2019's The Irishman. Dietl was often a guest on the Don Imus radio program and appeared on several Fox TV news shows.


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