Friday, 28 September 2012

Jaki Graham & David Grant 'Mated'

Chart Peak: 20

Following the Top 5 success of 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love' earlier in the year, Jaki and David have released this Todd Rundgren track as the follow-up.
Todd Rundgren: a name you might not have expected to show up in the context of Now albums, but he did indeed write this song, which was originally recorded by his prog-rock band Utopia who'd released it as their last single earlier in 1985. He later recorded a Latin-jazz version as a solo artist, which is as good an idea as you'd expect. It's not the most obvious source of material for a soppy soul-pop duet (especially as the follow-up to a Detroit Spinners cover) but in practice it's a fairly straightforward pop slowie, despite the oddly zoological-sounding title. I'm pretty sure this got Rundgren's highest UK chart position as a songwriter, thought of course he's made the Top 10 as a producer for Meat Loaf.

All of which said, it's not really that good a track either, lacking the sort of memorable hook that worked on 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love'. It's another example of a 1985 Now! missing the big hit and catching the lesser follow-up instead. It feels a bit symptomatic of a broadly underwhelming album, where the couple of genuinely brilliant tracks stand out all the more. Even the Madness track isn't much cop, a sure sign of a disappointing album.

We'll be back in a few weeks when I've decided which album comes next. I'm thinking 46, 56 and 76 may have to wait a while.

Jaki Graham also appears on: Now 5, 7, 8
Available on: Just The Two Of Us

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