Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Songoftheday 8/29/17 - So every day I see you in some other face, they crack a smile talk a while try to take your place...

"Waiting For That Day" - George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day is by George Michael, whose second solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 had landed him another #1 pop hit in America with "Praying For Time" along with a top-10 follow-up with "Freedom '90". The third single put out in the States was the second one released internationally, "Waiting For That Day". Using James Brown's "Funky Drummer" drum sample and a tagged-on interpolation of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want", the laid-back adult-pop nugget definitely wasn't bright and flashy as his Wham! and Faith work, but delved deeper into his psyche, as he's trying to get over a failed relationship...


"Waiting For That Day" became the third top-40 pop hit from Listen Without Prejudice in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, where it was the second release from the album, the song was a big hit in Canada, peaking at #9, and reached the top-40 in Ireland (#11) and the UK (#23). The "B-side" of the American single, "Mother's Pride", became a minor hit on its own in relation to fans tying it to the First Gulf War; it almost reached the pop top-40 in the U.S. at #46. A fifth track from the album, "Heal The Pain", became a top-40 hit in Ireland (#16), the Netherlands (#16), and the UK (#31), and "Cowboys And Angels" did almost as well (#15 Ireland, #15 Netherlands, #36 France, #45 UK). Finally "Soul Free" was only released in Australia and Japan, reaching #95 in the former.

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Here's the "B-Side" of the single, "Mother's Pride", which almost made the pop top-40 on its own in March of 1991...


Lastly, here's George in the studio talking about the writing of the song...


Up tomorrow: Paternal rapper is good enough.

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