"One Good Reason" - Paul Carrack
from the album One Good Reason (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
The first SOTD for 2016 comes from British journeyman musician Paul Carrack, who scored a top-10 solo hit of his own in America in the winter of 1988 with "Don't Shed A Tear". For his follow-up he released the title track from his third solo album, "One Good Reason". Co-written with his former Squeeze bandmate Chris Difford, and produced by Mike + The Mechanics go-to guy Christopher Neil, the bouncy kiss-off track has the witty attitude of the later Squeeze albums. And even fellow post-punker Nick Lowe shows up in the video for a cameo (along with Difford). And like Britain's version of Daryl Hall, Paul's soulful vocals is his ace in the hole here...
"One Good Reason" became Paul's third top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in May of 1988, while climbing to #20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single made it up to #38 on the top-40 in Australia.
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... and since Paul was a childhood crush of mine (don't judge), here he is miming it up on the Dutch TV show TopPop, and no, I don't understand the plate thing...
Up tomorrow: a British roller is eternally joined.