Thursday, January 19, 2017

Songoftheday 1/19/17 - What I had to flaunt has come back to haunt, like a restless wind...

"Too Late To Say Goodbye" - Richard Marx
from the album Repeat Offender (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day is by pop singer/songwriter Richard Marx, whose second album Repeat Offender was living up to its name so far, spinning off three big hits with "Angelia" and a pair of #1's in "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting". The fourth single from the album would be probably his most straightforward "rock" single, "Too Late To Say Goodbye". Written by Marx with Fee Waybill from the new wave group The Tubes (which may explain the frantic pace of the tune), the song didn't really set any new ground in pop music in general, but for him it was a stretch...


"Too Late To Say Goodbye" became Richard's first pop radio single to miss the top ten on the U.S. Hot 100, though only by two spots, in March of 1990. (Another track from the album, "Nothing You Can Do About It", went to #12 on the rock radio chart the previous July, but was never released as a true single.) The single also climbed to #17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, and slipped on to their adult contemporary list at #47. Internationally, the song reached #18 in Ireland, and #38 in the UK (actually better than "Satisfied" did).

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Here's Marx performing the song on the American Music Awards in 1990...


...and lastly, in concert in Germany in 1992...


Up tomorrow: A litigious metal band has a sad girlfriend.

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