Monday, August 08, 2016

Songoftheday 8/8/16 - We work our bodies weary to stay alive, there must be more to living than nine to five...


"Satisfied" - Richard Marx
from the album Repeat Offender (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from pop singer/songwriter Richard Marx, whose debut album had catapulted to A-list status on radio with four consecutive top ten hits in "Don't Mean Nothing", "Should've Known Better", "Endless Summer Nights", and the #1 ballad "Hold On To The Nights". With those singles he spent over a year's worth of weeks on the pop chart, so naturally the demand for new material was strong by the spring of 1989. So when his new song, "Satisfied" dropped, fans rushed to buy, as it entered the Hot 100 chart within the top-40. Written by Marx and co-produced by the singer with David Cole (Bob Seger, Steve Miller), the choice of a guitar-driven safe but loud rocker was a good one to divert away from the pair of ballads he had just had success with...


"Satisfied" became Richard's second #1 pop hit in the U.S. in June of 1989. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the record made the top-30 in Australia (#20) and the Netherlands (#25), and was a minor hit in Germany (#42) and the UK (#52), two places he hadn't done too well in yet, though he would make up for it with his next release.

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Here's Richard appearing on Arsenio (where you can hear the women clamoring for him Bieber-style)...


...and again live in concert in 1992, and full hair viscosity...


Lastly, here's Richard on his A Night Out With Friends show in 2012, with a more organic, "Raitt-esque" groove...


Up tomorrow: Norwegian popsters head to the heart of the city.

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