Thursday, May 25, 2023

"Gimme Your Good Lovin'" by Diving for Pearls

Song#:  4131
Date:  12/09/1989
Debut:  96
Peak:  84
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The roots of this band go back to Boston in 1984 when singer/guitarist Danny Malone teamed up with keyboardist Jack Moran. They cut their teeth around the Boston area, but later decided to give it a go in New York City. They filled out the band with three new members and began performing around town. In '88, an A&R rep from Epic Records caught a performance of the band. A deal with the label would follow and work would begin on a self-titled debut album. Upon completion, this first single would be issued out. It would see a bit of action getting to #21 on the Rock chart while spending a few weeks near the bottom of the Pop chart. It seems Epic chose to not officially issue out a second single and with that, the LP quickly came and went. Apparently, the band was scheduled to record a second album, but before that would happen they would end up getting dropped by Epic. Diving for Pearls would then disband.

ReduxReview:  This would have done much better on the chart had it been released years earlier. This style of radio ready rock was popular back when bands like Loverboy and Night Ranger were ruling the airwaves. In the late 80s it practically sounded retro. That doesn't mean it was bad. The track is actually quite fun, catchy, and well done. However, with glam metal ruling the day and alt rock coming up quickly, this style of arena rock just didn't fit in, which was too bad. Diving for Pearls was just a bit too late to the party.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Band member guitarist Yul Vazquez had a little success prior to joining Diving for Pearls. He was a member of the band Urgent, who cracked the Pop chart in '85 with "Running Back." After that band and Diving for Pearls split, Vazquez would embark on a successful acting career. In addition to earning a Tony nomination, Vazquez also appeared in numerous films and TV shows including appearances on Seinfeld as half of the intimidating gay couple. Another member of Diving for Pearls, bassist David Weeks, would set aside the music business to become an attorney. He would get some significant attention in '97 when he would represent Pamela Anderson in the highly publicized lawsuit concerning the infamous sex tape she made with husband Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.


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