Thursday, April 13, 2023

"Back to the Bullet" by Saraya

Song#:  4100
Date:  11/11/1989
Debut:  91
Peak:  63
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Hard Rock, Glam Rock

Pop Bits:  This band headed up by Sandi Saraya made a few waves with their first single "Love Has Taken Its Toll." The tune would get to #9 Rock while getting to #64 at Pop. It was taken from the band's self-titled debut album as was this follow up. The track wouldn't do quite as well at Rock getting to #26, but was able to make it one notch higher at Pop than their first single. Another track from the album, "Get U Ready," would be a minor #33 entry at Rock. The album would peak at a respectable #79, which then allowed the band to record a follow up.

ReduxReview:  Like their first single, this was a nice slice of radio-ready rock that was well crafted and performed. Also like their first single, this tune was lacking the kind of allure needed to really be a Pop chart contender. The band was definitely on to something. They just needed that one song that would break them wider into the mainstream. Unfortunately, they couldn't come up with that track for their second album and it wasn't long before Saraya was no more.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Next up for the band was a soundtrack song. Hit songwriter/producer Desmond Child would be in charge of tunes to boost the 1989 Wes Craven slasher flick Shocker. Child would write/co-write and produce most of the songs for the film including "Timeless Love," which would be recorded by Saraya. It would be released as a single early in '90 and peak at a minor #85 on the Pop chart. The soundtrack album would get to #97. After that, Saraya got back in the studio to record their second album. In 1991, they would release When the Blackbird Sings. Its first single, "Seducer," would only scrape the Rock chart at #41. With that result, the album quickly came and went. The band would then split up in '92.


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