Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"I Can't Face the Fact" by Gina Go-Go

Song#:  3810
Date:  02/25/1989
Debut:  94
Peak:  78
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Freestyle

Pop Bits:  Gina Gomez was a singer from the UK who had ambitions to make it in the music business. She honed her skills well enough to get the attention of Capitol Records in the US, who signed on the fledgling singer. In the States, Gomez was paired up with producer/songwriter Nick Mundy and the two of them would co-write nearly all the songs for Gomez's debut album Sweet Surrender, which would be released under her stage name of Gina Go-Go. This first single was pushed out and it got to #37 Dance while spending nearly three months in the bottom quarter of the Pop chart. A second single failed to chart. Unfortunately, the results were not enough to help get the album on the chart and Gomez's time at Capitol came to an end.

ReduxReview:  This was a good freestyle track that was typical for the day. It wasn't outstanding, but it grooved along fine, had an okay hook, and featured capable vocals by Gomez. The production was strong as well. It probably should have done a bit better on the chart, but with freestyle starting to crowd the airwaves competition was getting stiff and an artist needed something truly ear grabbing to make it up the chart. This track showed potential, but it wasn't quite enough to break through in a bigger way.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) After her Gina Go-Go days came to an end, Gomez wanted to focus on songwriting and continued to collaborate with Nick Mundy. The pair would have success quickly when they wrote "Personality" for R&B star Kashif. It would be released as a single later in '89 and get to #6 R&B. Then in 1991 they would grab another hit with "What Comes Naturally," which was recorded by Sheena Easton. The song would be released as a single in 1991 and get to #19 Pop/#39 Dance/#39 R&B. With and without Mundy, Gomez would pen songs for other artists including Color Me Badd and SWV.  2) While writing and shopping songs, Gomez was approached by MCA to sign on as an artist. They requested she assemble a group and although she didn't have plans to step back in the spotlight, she signed on with MCA and formed the vocal quartet Ebony Vibe Everlasting, aka E.V.E. Not only would Gomez co-write most of the songs, she would also produce several tracks for the group's 1994 debut album Good Life. The LP's first single "Groove of Love" would reach #14 Dance and #75 R&B. Further singles failed to chart and so the album quickly came and went. The group would split soon after.


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