Thursday, September 17, 2009

FSOTD #25/Right Back Where We Started From (1975)

After a one day interlude, FSOTD is right back to the 70's. British singer Maxine Nightingale's "Right Back Where We Stared From" was a top ten hit worldwide in 1975, rising as high as #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. While undoubtedly her best remembered song, it did not produce her highest chart position. In 1979 (I learned from Wiki), she went #1 for seven weeks on the Adult AC list with a song whose title rang no bell. None whatsoever. So I went to iTunes and heard the clip for "Lead Me On", and still, nary a speck of recognition. No big surprise, really - it was one of those yawner AC hits, and I was in college at the time. Where "Right Back" is a very agreeable early-disco-days romp, the slow and breathy "Lead Me On" says change the channel. I wasn't doing very much Adult Contemporary radio in those days, but IMO, this is exactly the kind of song that only hastened the transition of "new wave" into mainstream rock, and even more, helped give rise to the metal invasion of the 80's. Maxine, 57, still performs as a club and cabaret sort of gal, and I'm willing to wager she has no idea just how important she was to the evolution of rock music:)

Love is good, Love can be strong
We gotta get right back to where we started from

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