Thursday, April 27, 2023

"Everything You Do (You're Sexing Me)" by Fiona (Duet with Kip Winger)

Song#:  4112
Date:  11/25/1989
Debut:  95
Peak:  52
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Hard Rock, Glam Rock

Pop Bits:  Fiona's 1985 self-titled debut album was a modest success (#71) that spawned the #12 Rock/#64 Pop single "Talk to Me." It was enough for her label, Atlantic, to call for a second effort and for her second album, '86's Beyond the Pale, Fiona would be hooked up with producer Beau Hill (the pair would later be briefly married). Neither the album nor its two singles would chart. Still, Atlantic invested in a third album from Fiona. Hill would once again sit in the producer's chair while Fiona would co-write all but one track for the LP Heart Like a Gun. This first single, which paired Fiona with Kip Winger, would make a slight impression getting to #22 Rock while stopping near the halfway point on the Pop chart. Two others singles would not chart. In turn, the album would only get to #150. It would be Fiona's last effort for Atlantic.

ReduxReview:  There was some good stuff happening in this tune including Hill's production, the vocals, and the fun chorus. Still, it didn't add up to an indelible hit. Fiona had everything in place to become an 80s rock star except for that one song that could break wide. By the time she signed on with Geffen it was pretty much too late with grunge being the flavor of the day. She was quite lucky though that despite chart results she was able to record four major label albums and gain a cult following.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Fiona's next move was to form her own band. Conveniently titled Fiona, the band would be signed to Geffen and release an album titled Squeeze in 1992. Unfortunately, it didn't get anywhere and Fiona's major label days came to an end. Afterwards it seems she returned to college and got a degree, briefly worked for an accounting firm, and then raised two kids. She would return to music in 2011 with the indie album Unbroken.  2) After her second album, Fiona would branch out into acting. After an appearance on TV's Miami Vice and in the '86 film Quicksilver, Fiona would be cast in a lead role alongside Bob Dylan in the '87 musical drama flick Hearts of Fire. The film also co-starred Rupert Everett. For the soundtrack, Dylan would supply two new songs and one cover. Fiona would record five tracks while Everett would sing two. First release in the UK, the film was drubbed by critics and box office receipts were poor. It would get a limited release in the US before quickly disappearing. Needless to say, it didn't lead to bigger acting career for Fiona, who would later make a brief appearance in the '91 biographical flick The Doors.


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