Wednesday, October 12, 2022

"Come Home with Me Baby" by Dead or Alive

Song#:  3951
Date:  07/01/1989
Debut:  90
Peak:  69
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Hi-NRG, Freestyle

Pop Bits:   The British band's third album, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, performed fairly well getting to #52. It got a boost from the #1 Dance/#15 Pop hit "Brand New Lover." This album and its gold selling predecessor Youthquake were produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman team. For their fourth album, Nude, the band decided to handle the production themselves. In the UK, the LP was preceded by a first single, "Turn Around and Count 2 Ten." It was a minor entry at #70 in the spring of '88. After that result, it seems the band may have take a little time to regroup. Two members would leave the band and it basically left Dead or Alive as a duo. Finally in the summer of '89, Nude would get a second push with this next single. In the UK the song would top out at #62. In the US, the tune would do about the same on the Pop chart, however, it would become the band's second song to reach #1 on the Dance chart. A follow-up single, "Baby Don't Say Goodbye," would make it to #6 Dance. Thank mainly to the action on the Dance chart, the album was able to make a minor showing at #106.

ReduxReview:  Despite not working with SAW on the album, it seems like the band wanted to continue with the sound that team had provided for them on their previous hits and came up with this track. While it was not a full clone, the tune did have that SAW feel combined with a bit of freestyle. It was a good combo for US dance clubs and the band was able to score a hit. However, it just wasn't a good single candidate for pop radio at the time.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  While the band's audience dwindled quickly in the US and the UK, they maintained a huge following in Japan. "Turn Around and Count 2 Ten" was a significant hit there and the album sold well. Because of that, the band's next albums were initially only released in Japan. They would continue to record and tour over the years, but it all came to an end in 2016 with the death of lead singer/songwriter Pete Burns.


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