Wednesday, October 5, 2022

"Comin' Down Tonight" by 38 Special

Song#:  3945
Date:  06/24/1989
Debut:  83
Peak:  67
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Southern rock band scored a left-field hit with the ballad "Second Chance," the second single from their album Rock and Roll Strategy. The song would hit #1 at AC and #2 Rock while becoming the band's second and final Pop Top 10 (#6). A follow up single was necessary and this next track was selected. It didn't get very far topping out at #43 Rock and stalling in the bottom half of the Pop chart. Despite "Second Chance" doing well, the album didn't sell as well as expected haltimg at a minor #61.

ReduxReview:  While this tune was just ever so slightly closer to the band's Southern rock sound, it was still a slick pop-leaning track that didn't do much for the band. By this point in time the band had lost their mojo and it showed in songs like this forgettable effort.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  After Rock and Roll Strategy, the band left their long time home label A&M and signed up with the British label Charisma. Their first LP for the label, Bone Against Steel, would be released in 1991. Its first single, "The Sound of Your Voice," co-written by former Survivor member Jim Peterik, would be a hit at Rock getting to #2. It would do fairly well at Pop making the Top 40 (#33). It would be the band's final Pop chart single. While the song got some attention, it wasn't enough to sell the LP, which faded quickly after peaking at a very minor #170. The band would go through several lineup changes over the years. They would continue to tour and would issue out a couple of studio LPs along with a holiday effort.


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