Friday, June 9, 2023

"Dangerous" by Roxette

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  4144
Date:  12/16/1989
Debut:  65
Peak:  2
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The Swedish duo scored their second #1 US Pop hit with the power ballad "Listen to Your Heart" (#2 AC). It was the third single from their album Look Sharp! and to keep the ball rollin', this next single was issued out. It would just miss out on becoming the duo's third #1 at Pop (#21 AC), but they would rectify that with their next single. Meanwhile, the album would turn platinum after peaking at #23.

ReduxReview:  This was another catchy track from the duo. It didn't have as long of legs as their other big hits as you never hear it these days, but it was still a quality pop tune. The album had plenty of gems mainly supplied by duo member Per Gessel. With both Look Sharp! and Joyride he was really at the peak of his powers dishing out well crafted pop tracks. It came to an end in the US when the more conceptual Tourism didn't spark interest. Still, the duo certainly made their mark in the US with six Pop Top 10s including four #1s.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) While on a hot streak, Roxette was tapped to contribute a song for the soundtrack to the upcoming rom-com film Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Instead of writing a brand new song, Roxette reached back a couple years to a Christmas themed song they released in Sweden in 1987. Titled "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)," the single got to #4 in Sweden. For the Pretty Woman soundtrack, the duo would alter the lyrics to take out any Christmas references and give the track a remix. Roxette's track would be the second single lifted from the soundtrack and it would be a #1 Pop/#2 AC gold seller. Of course it didn't hurt that the film became a huge box office success with Julia Roberts later winning a Golden Globe and getting an Oscar nod for her role.  2) Roxette would return with a new album in '91 titled Joyride. It would be another platinum success that reached #12. That was thanks to a pair of hit singles, the #1 title track and the #2 "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)." Unfortunately, the duo's luck faded quickly after that album. Their next effort, '92's Tourism, would scrape the chart at #117 with none of its singles able to make the top half of the Pop chart. They would get two more minor singles on the Pop chart and that would be it for them in the US. However, Roxette would remain very successful in Europe and especially in their home country of Sweden. In 2002, one-half of the duo, Marie Fredriksson, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was successfully removed. Roxette would be put on hiatus and during that time period she and duo partner Per Gessel would release successful solo albums. They would reunite in 2009 for performances, which led to a new album and tour. They would continue to record an perform over the years, but that would end in 2016 when she could no longer perform due to her health condition after battling cancer stemming from the brain tumor. She died in 2019.


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