"Circle" - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
from the album Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48
This week's "robbed hit" comes from the indie-rock group Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, who scored a left-field top-ten pop hit in the spring of 1989 with their quirky treatise on philosophy, "What I Am". The follow-up was a more direct and heartfelt ponder on the state of a friendship with some trouble, "Circle", that I personally clung to during a particularly rough go in my life. While Edie's voice retained its lilting charm, the lyrics laid out a more plaintive and remiss tone...
While "Circle" made it to #14 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the song stopped short just above the halfway mark on their Hot 100 pop list. The track was also a minor hit in the UK (#74) and Australia (#80).
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And here's the band performing the song in 2012...