Thursday, September 15, 2022

"Calling It Love" by Animotion

Song#:  3929
Date:  06/10/1989
Debut:  91
Peak:  53
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The second iteration of Animotion that featured new lead singers Cynthia Rhodes and Paul Engemann grabbed a left-field #9 Pop hit with "Room to Move," which served as the first single to the band's self-titled third album. To follow it up, this next track was selected. It would end up being a minor mid-charter that didn't help sales of the album, which stalled at #110. After things wrapped up with the album, Animotion called it a day.

ReduxReview:  This track was composed by Anton Fig (of Spider) and hit songwriter Desmond Child. While it was a good tune from a couple of crack writers with some nice late 80s production, it really wasn't single material. The hooks just didn't embed themselves deep enough in my ears and therefore the tune didn't stick in my memory for long. "Room to Move" was kind of a fluke hit and the group needed something equal to or stronger than that to maintain an audience. This wasn't it and the second chapter of Animotion quickly came to an end.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Later in 2001, the band's original leaders, Astrid Plane and Bill Wadhams, ended up reforming Animotion due to a request from a Portland, Orgeon, radio station who wanted to feature them in a local concert. With the show being a success, Plane and Wadhams continued to tour as Animotion with two other members from their original prime days. In 2014, a Colorado DJ by the name of Joman (Joseph Mancuso) happened to do a remix of Animotion's #6 hit "Obsession." Wadhams heard the remix and liked what Joman created. He reached out to the DJ to perhaps see if Joman might be interested in working on some new material from Animotion. Joman agreed and he worked on the new song "Raise Your Expectations." The recording ended up getting Animotion a deal with an indie label and in 2016 they would issue out the album Raise.


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