Friday, August 26, 2016

Songoftheday 8/26/16 - Out my window the rain starts to fall, and the wind blows through an empty hall...

"Be With You" - Bangles
from the album Everything (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day is by the all-female rock band the Bangles, whose third album Everything had already scored them their second #1 pop hit in the U.S. with the ballad "Eternal Flame", along with the top-5 lead single "In Your Room". The third single from the set was "Be With You", co-written and sung by the group's drummer, Debi Peterson, who finally got her turn with a radio offering...

"Be With You" became the Bangles' most recent top-40 pop hit in America in June of 1989. Internationally, the song did a bit better, reaching the top-20 in Austria (#12), Ireland (#14), Norway (#18), and Switzerland (#19).

A fourth single from Everything, "I'll Set You Free", was a minor hit in Australia and the UK, but didn't get any attention in the States. They split up shortly thereafter, with Susannah Hoffs setting off on a label-endorsed solo career. Despite a top-40 hit with "My Side Of The Bed", she couldn't continue any momentum on radio, and by 1999, they reunited for the Austin Powers soundtrack (Hoff's husband was the director), and in 2003, a proper album Doll Revolution emerged. A song from the set, "Something That You Said", went to #38 in the UK, and made the Adult Contemporary (#26) and Adult Top-40 (#40) radio lists. Bassist Michael Steele left them a trio, and they most recently released Sweetheart Of The Sun in 2011.

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...and here's the band performing the song for TV in 1989...

Up tomorrow: A deceptively "green" "sibling" band goes to the hospital.

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