Thursday, March 17, 2022

"Into You" by Giant Steps

Song#:  3780
Date:  01/28/1989
Debut:  96
Peak:  58
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Sophisti-Pop

Pop Bits:  The UK duo of Colin Campsie and George McFarlane, aka Giant Steps, was able to grab a near-Top 10 hit with their debut single "Another Lover." It would stop just short at #13 while getting to #10 Dance and #25 AC. The track was from their debut album The Book of Pride as was this follow-up single. It fell short of the Pop Top 40 and could only manage to reach #33 at Dance. The singles did better than the album which peaked at a very minor #184. It would be the duo's one and only album. Campsie and McFarlane would split and go their own ways for unknown reasons with each having some success writing and producing for other artists.

ReduxReview:  This was a silky smooth sophisti-pop track that was breezy and easy on the ears. However, it wasn't as hook-laden as their previous hit. It just wasn't strong enough to get any further than it did on the chart. The album has some other nice tracks as well, but none were as pop radio friendly as "Another Lover." The duo obviously had talent. It was a shame that they were unable to record a second album.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After breaking with McFarlane, Colin Campsie would continue to write and produce for other artists. His songs would be recorded several artists including Go West, Katrina & the Waves, and former Spice Girls Melanie C and Geri Halliwell. Along the way, a few of the tunes Campsie co-wrote would become hits in the UK. "Wishing I Was There" was recorded by Australian-born singer Natalie Imbruglia for her 1997 debut album Left of the Middle (#1 Australia, #5 UK, #10 US). It would reach #19 in the UK/#24 Australia. English singer Pixie Lott would record "Cry Me Out" for her 2009 debut album Turn It Up (#6 UK). Released as the LP's third single following a pair of #1s, the song would get to #12 in the UK. Campsie's biggest hit in the UK as a writer came in 1991 when the all-female British band Hepburn recorded "I Quit." Used as their debut single, the song would get to #8 in the UK. The band's associated self-titled debut album would peak at #28.



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