Monday, June 13, 2022

"Baby Baby" by Eighth Wonder

Song#:  3850
Date:  04/01/1989
Debut:  93
Peak:  84
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  After a few attempts to get their career started, this English band finally broke through in the UK with their #7 single "I'm Not Scared." It's follow-up, "Cross My Heart" (#13 UK), would be the song to get them some attention in the US. The single would get to #10 Dance and #56 Pop. This next song would be issued out, but wouldn't do quite as well. It would top off at #17 Dance while spending a few short weeks near the bottom of the Pop chart. The results weren't enough to spark album sales and it would not chart in the US. It would have seemed that the band's pair of hits in the UK would have prompted a second album, but apparently lead singer Patsy Kensit wasn't all that hep to being a pop music star and so the band parted ways later in '89.

ReduxReview:  This tune was right in line with the sound they established with "Cross My Heart." It just wasn't quite as memorable. Still, it was a pretty good dance-pop track. Not having this become a major hit was probably a good thing for Amy Grant who would score her first and only #1 Pop hit in 1991 with a different song that had the same title. Eighth Wonder didn't stick around for long, but at least they pushed out a few good dance-pop tracks.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Patsy Kensit ended up fronting Eighth Wonder at the urging of her brother. He helped form the band and encouraged her to try out for the vacant lead vocal spot. At age 15, she did and got the spot. Five years later in '88, the band earned their first and only UK Top 10 hit. Yet being in a pop band was more or less a side project for Kensit. Acting was her main gig and she chose to leave the band to keep pursuing that career path. She had already been a child actor starting in commercials and then branching out to film and TV. Before hitting her teens she had already been in nine films and several TV shows including a role on the short-lived UK TV show The Foundation. Even while in Eighth Wonder, Kensit would still have roles on TV and some film work, which included her and the band being featured in the 1986 musical film Absolute Beginners. Many more TV and film appearances would follow over the years including being a series regular on the British soap Emmerdale from 2004-2006 and also on the TV medical drama Holby City from 2007-2010.


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