Sunday, January 16, 2022

"Walking Away" by Information Society

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3728
Date:  11/26/1988
Debut:  98
Peak:  9
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This Minneapolis/St. Paul band made an impression with their Spock-influenced single "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)." The song would end up being a #3 gold single that would send their self-titled debut album to #25. Just before the LP was to be certified gold, this next single would be issued out. It debuted way low on the chart, but it found an audience and eventually climbed its way into the Pop Top 10. It would also reach #15 on the Modern Rock chart, #5 Dance, and #64 R&B. It was the band's second and final time in the Pop Top 10.

ReduxReview:  While I liked this track, I wasn't so sure it was going to do well as a single. Although it had a good hook, it was a bit dark and not quite as immediately catchy as "What's on Your Mind." However, I was happy that it took off and went Top 10. The album had a couple of other good single contenders and I though that the band might be able to eke out one more Top 10, but alas it didn't happen. Still, this was a pretty great one-two-punch of hits from the band.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Like "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," this song also contained snippets of dialog from the TV show Star Trek. This time around the voices heard come from Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Scotty (James Doohan). The song opens up with Kirk saying "It is useless to resist us." That snippet came from the 1967 episode "Mirror, Mirror." Considered one of the best episodes of the original series, it was the one that introduced the concept of the "mirror universe," which would be revisited in other shows in the Star Trek franchise. Also heard in the song is Scotty saying "let's go see." That was taken from the '67 episode "Wolf in the Fold," which was more along the lines of a murder mystery with Scotty being held as the prime suspect.


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