Thursday, August 25, 2022

"In My Eyes" by Stevie B

Song#:  3911
Date:  05/27/1989
Debut:  87
Peak:  37
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Freestyle

Pop Bits:  The first single from Stevie B's second album In My Eyes, "I Wanna Be the One," would become his first to crack the Pop Top 40. It would get to #32 while reaching #39 Dance. Next up for release was this title track single. It would also be able to make the Pop Top 40 and make it to #21 on the Dance chart. Although the two songs were not huge hits and the album would only peak at #75, Stevie B's built-in freestyle audience would help make the album go gold by the end of the summer.

ReduxReview:  Although this tune had a darker tone, Stevie B's brand of freestyle was still intact and that worked well for fans of the artist. He was able to expand his audience a bit with this song and his previous Top 40 entry, but he still didn't have that one track that was an instantly memorable surefire hit. That would come later with a single from his third album. In the meantime, this song performed well enough to keep folks buying the album. The song was certainly listenable, but it still didn't make me a fan.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In 2011, Stevie B made headlines when he was arrested after performing a show at a venue in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was taken to jail for failing to pay child support. His first wife and the mother of his two daughters claimed he owed around $420,000 in child support. Apparently, an order for a court appearance had been sent to the incorrect address and that caused Stevie B to miss the hearing. Because of that, he was then arrested and put in jail. He remained in jail for a few days until a hearing could be held. Once he was able to pay a small lump sum of the support and the remainder set up on an agreed payment schedule, Stevie B was released. He disputed the amount owed and stated he has always supported his daughters, which included cars, schooling, gifts, etc. However, those things don't typically count towards ordered child support and it seems that the new court mandated support agreement was what Stevie B had to follow.


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