Saturday, October 08, 2016

Songoftheday 10/8/16 - Dabble dally Shilly shally, Slow down this ain't a race car rally...

"That's The Way" - Katrina & the Waves
from the album Break Of Hearts (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from the English-American band Katrina & The Waves, who had one of the most joyful singles of the early 80s with "Walking On Sunshine" in 1985. They also slipped in to the top 40 with their follow-up "Do You Want Crying?". The following year, the group released Waves, and though the lead single "Is That It?" is my favorite of theirs, the single stalled down at #70 in the US (in England, another track from the album, "Sun Street", did do rather well at #22). Taking three years to regroup, they emerged with a more rock-inflected album, Break Of Hearts. The first radio offering from the set, "That's The Way", was written by lead singer Katrina Leskanich and guitarist Kimberley Rew, and brought them back to American shores for one more go...

"That's the Way" became Katrina & The Waves' third and so-far last top-40 pop hit in September of 1989. Internationally, while the single reached the top-20 in Canada (#16), it was only a minor hit in Britain at #84. One more selection from the album, "Rock n' Roll Girl", also slipped in to the British chart at #93.  Although they faded from public view, the band kept recording and touring, and made an unexpected comeback in 1997 when they represented the UK in the Eurovision song contest, eventually winning the competition with their song "Love Shine A Light". But that success didn't last, and the band split not that long after.

Up tomorrow: A pop megastar takes a trip to the beach.

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