Friday, April 14, 2023

"Over and Over" by Pajama Party

Song#:  4101
Date:  11/11/1989
Debut:  88
Peak:  59
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Freestyle

Pop Bits:  This vocal trio got a little bit of attention in the early summer of '89 with their first single "Yo No Sé." The tune would get to #34 Dance/#75 Pop and that was a positive enough result for them to record a debut album that would be titled Up All Night. It would be release in the fall of '89 along with this next single. The track would end up being the trio's best effort getting to #26 Dance while peaking a bit shy of the halfway point on the Pop chart. A third single, "Hide and Seek," would get to #33 Dance/#73 Pop. While the singles saw a little action, it wasn't enough to sell the album and it would fail to chart.

ReduxReview:  After getting some notice with "Yo No Sé," this should have been the single to break the trio wider. There was potential here, but it may not have been strong or distinct enough to compete with the other freestyle singles of the day. Although I could certainly do without the little rap section, overall it wasn't too bad of a tune. It was catchy and well-produced. The single probably should have at least got inside the Pop Top 40, but it really didn't have to goods to get any further.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This is a remake of a song originally recorded by Brenda K. Starr. Written by Jim Klein and Peggy Sendars, the song would get picked up by Starr and included on her 1987 self-titled second album, which contained her biggest hit, the #13 "I Still Believe." With that foot in the door, Klein and Sendars were then able to secure a job writing all the songs for Pajama Party's debut album (with Klein producing). Since "Over and Over" was not released as a single in the US from Starr, Klein then got it recorded by Pajama Party. It became their best performing single. Klein and Sendars would also write/produce all the tracks on the trio's second album, but it didn't work out as well.  2) Despite the album not selling, the trio's label, Atlantic, went ahead and gave them another chance. Early in '91, they were ready to release Can't Live Without It. The LP's first single, "Got My Eye on You," failed to generate any interest and did not chart. With that result, Atlantic lost interest in the trio and didn't release a second single. Of course the LP would disappear quickly along with the trio's label deal. By 1992, members of Pajama Party would go their own ways.


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