Friday, March 28, 2014

Songoftheday 3/28/14 - I'm in the dark I'd like to read his mind, but I'm frightened of the things I might find...


'Til Tuesday - "Voices Carry"
from the album Voices Carry (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is by the alternative rock band 'Til Tuesday, who came together in Boston in the early eighties behind gifted and strikingly beautiful lead singer Aimee Mann. They released their debut album in 1985, and the first single, "Voices Carry", was written by Mann with band members Michael Hausman, Robert Holmes, and Joey Pesce. The song came about from an argument between her and Hausman (former lovers), and the sense of vulnerability and "other"-ness came through so clear in her voice. The song was produced by Mike Thorne, but remixed by "big-sound" man Bob Clearmountain (Bryan Adams) to give prime epic effect. Aimee's acting skills were put to the test as well on the video, which was one of the best to have graced the "classic" MTV period...


"Voices Carry" became 'Til Tuesday's first and only top-ten hit in July of 1985, while making it to #14 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, it wasn't really a big crossover, making the top-20 in Canada and Australia.

The record remains a classic in the proto-alternative rock genre, and could've been a respectable one-hit wonder for anyone else. 

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Here's the band live in 1985 touring behind the album...


...and again on MTV's Spring Break show in 1986...


In 2005, alt-rock singer Vitamin C covered "Voices Carry" for the Disney movie Sky High...


Lastly, in 2012, Aimee recreated the "Voices Carry" video for her solo single "Labrador"...


Up tomorrow: The best legs in the biz need some courtesy.


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