Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Songoftheday 6/14/17 - Here I am at six o'clock in the morning still thinking about you, it's still hard at six o'clock in the morning to sleep without you...

"More Than Words Can Say" - Alias
from the album Alias (2009)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from the mainstream rock band Alias, which came together after the success of Canadian group Sheriff's belated success with the song "When I'm With You". The single, which originally came out in 1983 and was a minor hit with an underground fanbase, ended up being re-released in 1989, where it re-entered the chart and climbed all the way to #1. But by that time, Sheriff was no more, with a couple of the members in Frozen Ghost. But lead singer Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi got together under the name Alias, recruiting three musicians that played in the rock band Heart during their early heyday, only to be dropped by the Wilson sisters in the 1980s as they re-vamped the act into a mainstream pop machine. Their initial single together would be an obvious attempt to recreate the magic of "When I'm With You" with a power-ballad featuring Curci's incredible vocal power. "More Than Words Can Say", written by Curci and DeMarchi, came at the right time, as metal and "metal-lite" bands were having success all over the place with these types of records...


"More Than Words Can Say" climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in November of 1990. The song also peaked at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single spent four weeks at #1 in Curci and DeMarchi's native Canada, and was a top-40 hit in Australia (#30) and New Zealand (#37).

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Here's the band performing the song live on Rick Dees' late night show in 1991...


and finally, Curci performing the song acoustically at a solo gig more recently...


Up tomorrow: Mulleted maestro mentally is in Macon?


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