from the album In The Heart Of The Young (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12
Today's song of the day comes from the "hair-metal" band Winger, who had flown in to the pop top-40 in America twice with songs from their debut album "Seventeen" and "Headed For A Heartbreak". In the fall of 1990, they re-emerged with a sophomore effort, In The Heart Of The Young. The first single from the set, the headbanging rock of "Can't Get Enuff", just missed the pop top-40 even though it was their highest-charting rock radio hit at #6. However, the second release, the power-ballad "Miles Away", rectified that situation. Written by the band's keyboardist Paul Taylor, the breakup song was perfect for mainstream radio, though many military wives and girlfriends mistakenly co-opted it during the first war in Iraq...
"Miles Away" became Winger's third (and so far last) top-40 pop hit in January of 1991. The song also climbed to #14 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, it was their sole success in the UK, becoming a minor hit at #56. A third single from In The Heart Of The Young "Easy Come Easy Go", like "Can't Get Enuff" just missed the top-40 at #41.
Taylor left the band after touring behind the album, leaving Kip Winger, Reb Beach, and Rod Morgenstein for their third release, Pull. The lead track "Down Incognito" climbed to #15 on the rock chart, but missed the pop Hot 100 altogether, while the Pull record itself stopped one notch short of the top-40 on the albums chart at #41. They split up not long after, reuniting in 2001 and again in 2006 (with Brad Taylor on board for touring only), who with John Roth continue to tour. Their most recent album, Better Days Comin', was released in 2014, reaching #85 on the chart.
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Here's Winger performing "Miles Away" on tour in 1991...
...and from a more recent concert in 2007...
Up tomorrow: British soul-rock legend is your solitary dude.