Monday, April 24, 2017

Songoftheday 4/23/17 - Staring through the windows of time, drying off the last year of our bind

"Could This Be Love" - Seduction
from the album Nothing Matters Without Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the dance-pop act Seduction, who had landed three top-40 pop hits from their album Nothing Matters Without Love - "Heartbeat", "Two To Make It Right", and "(You're My One And Only) True Love", albeit with the latter featuring uncredited vocals from Weather Girl Martha Wash. The fourth release from the record would be the ballad "Could This Be Love", written by Rob Clivilles who produced the track with partner David Cole. By the time this was released, member Idalis DeLeon had already left the trio to go be an MTV VJ, so Sinoa Loren came in for the single cover and video, while the lead vocals were traded between Michelle Visage and April Harris...

"Could This Be Love" became Seduction's fourth and final top-40 pop hit in America, stopping one notch short of the top ten in August of 1990. The single also was their first to reach Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #21.

A fifth single from the record, a new jack swing-inspired "Breakdown", was a minor pop hit at #82, but was a respectable club hit at #4, with the B-Side "Groove Me" getting dancefloor play as well (that track wasn't on the album, but rather showed up on the ultra-rare The Remixes album). When Clivilles and Cole took off to concentrate on what would be their massive C+C Music Factory project, Seduction was left to fade out, with Visage going on to a radio career, then eventually hooking up with friend RuPaul to become one of the judges on the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. She also appeared on the British Celebrity Big Brother television show,  becoming a fan favorite and making it to the finals (and surviving the mental case that was Perez Hilton). Harris, who had a run of music theater creds after the original lineup split, kept the act alive with new members, first with a minor R&B hit "All Night Long" (#94) in 2003, then releasing an album, Feel Brand New, the following year.

Up tomorrow: Liverpool alt-rockers are like Ivory Soap.

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