Tuesday, September 6, 2022

"Hooked on You" by Sweet Sensation

Song#:  3921
Date:  06/03/1989
Debut:  91
Peak:  23
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Freestyle

Pop Bits:  For over two years, this female vocal trio slowly gained an audience via singles from their debut album Take It While It's Hot. After three singles that couldn't crack the Pop Top 50, they finally grabbed a hit with the #14 "Sincerely Yours." With that song quickly expanding the trio's audience, their label wanted to keep momentum going. Instead of releasing another new track from the album, the label chose to push out a remix of Sweet Sensation's first charting single "Hooked on You." The song in its original form peaked at a minor #64 back in '87. The remix would end up doing much better nearly making the Pop Top 20. While the back-to-back hits helped to sell a few more copies of the album, it would still only peak at #63 and miss hitting the gold mark.

ReduxReview:  There's not a whole lot different between the original version and the remix. Some of the goofy synth sounds of the original were taken out, which helped, and some lower synth enhancements were added to give the track more depth. Overall, the remix did sound better. However, it was still the same song, which was a slightly above average freestyle track.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The trio would return with a follow up album in 1990. Love Child would feature the trio's two biggest hits. The title track lead single, a freestyle remake of the Supremes' 1968 #1 hit, would get to #13 Pop/#15 Dance. They would follow it up the power ballad "If Wishes Came True." That song would end up peaking at #1 Pop and #8 AC. A third single would fail to crack the Pop Top 40. Despite containing a big #1 hit, the album would stall at a minor #78. In 1991, a remix album titled Time to Jam would be released, but it would not chart. After that, two members would quit the group leaving only original member and lead singer Betty LeBron to carry on. Three new singers would be brought on board making Sweet Sensation a quartet. However, that lineup would not record any new material and would eventually split.


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