Monday, February 15, 2016

Songoftheday 2/15/16 - I've always said that one's enough to love, now I hear you're bragging one is not enough...


"I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" - Elton John
from the album Reggie Strikes Back (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from Elton John, who had recovered from a poorly received album in the mid-80s (Leather Jackets) with a triumphant live set from Australia, which caused his classic song "Candle In The Wind" to make the American Top-10 for the first time (albeit as a concert version) in the beginning of 1988. Later that year, Elton released his twenty-first studio album Reg Strikes Back, a hat-tip to his legal name of Reginald Dwight. With voice-saving throat surgery out of the way, he was ready to take on pop radio again, and did so by reuniting with long-time lyricist partner Bernie Taupin for the break-up song "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That". With Elton growling out his protests over faithfulness over a electric piano base, the song signaled a renaissance in his career...


"I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in August of 1988, his highest rank since 1976's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". The single did reach the summit of Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, his seventh chart-topper on that list, and crossed over to #13 on their Mainstream Rock chart. The extended remix version, done up by Shep Pettibone, went to #7 on the Dance Club Play list as well. Internationally, the song peaked at #1 in Canada, top-ten in Austria (#6) and Switzerland (#10), #19 in France, #22 in Germany, and a surprisingly modest #30 in his native Britain.

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Here's the remixed version by Shep Pettibone that made the top ten on the dance chart...



...and next up is Elton performing live in London in 1988 with guests Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and Mark Knopfler...


...and again from a show in Rio in 1995...


Just Elton and his piano is here for his "Live By Request" appearance at the House of Blues in 1997...


...and finally, a more recent live take...


Up tomorrow: a romantic British duo is transformed.

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