Monday, January 09, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 1/9/17 - Bonham's "Wait For You"...

"Wait For You" - Bonham
from the album The Disregard Of Timekeeping (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #55

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the British hard rock band Bonham, fronted by drummer Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. With lead singer Daniel MacMaster, and a guitarist (Ian Hutton) and bassist (John Smithson), they sounded remarkably like the latter work of his dad's band, which made rock radio on the release of their debut album The Disregard Of Timekeeping ( a very Robert Plant-ish name in itself). The first single, "Wait For You", had the LedZep minor chord crunch and semi-Page guitar licks that filled the void left when that group broke up in the early 80s...

While "Wait For You" would climb to #9 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, the single stalled under the halfway mark on the pop list in America in January of 1990. A second release from the album, the more straightforward pop-metal of "Guilty", made it to #29 on the rock chart. Two years later, a second album, Mad Hatter, came out, but apart from the single "Change Of A Season" (#32 Mainstream Rock), it was set aside, and the band split. Jason has gone on as a drum journeyman, including filling in for his late father in various Zeppelin reunions.

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