By Warren Kurtz
In our August 2015 issue, we featured acts The Police, Pat Benatar and Eddie Money. Again this month we share some lesser known flip sides from the featured acts to discover or rediscover.
Flip side: "Once Upon a Daydream"
A side: "Synchronicity II"
“Once Upon a Daydream,” written by Sting and Andy Summers, was excluded from the album “Synchronicity” and for years was only available as the flip side of the “Synchronicity II” single. This became the third of four Top 40 singles from their highly successful fifth and final album following “Every Breath Your Take” and “King of Pain,” and preceding “Wrapped Around Your Finger.” The flip side’s story was dark and haunting about a teenage pregnancy, the girl’s father’s strong adverse reaction, followed by the boyfriend’s revenge on his girlfriend’s father. Sting was able to anchor his vocals to the subtle bass lines as fellow British bass player Paul McCartney had done on the Beatles’ “Things We Said Today” from their “Something New” album. Melodically, the verses were on par to a slowed-down delivery of that Beatles album cut. A keyboard added richness to one of the trio’s strongest flip sides. The song’s mood was a contrast to the steady uptempo beat Stewart Copeland brought to the A-side, which also dealt with a father, “Daddy only stares into the distance. There is only so much heartache he can take.”
Flip side: "My Clone Sleeps Alone"
A side: "Heartbreaker"
Top 100 debut: December 22, 1979
Peak position: 23
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The powerful “Heartbreaker,” from Pat Benatar’s debut album, “In the Heat of the Night,” became her first of seventeen Top 100 singles of the ‘80s. The strength in her voice was matched by the electric guitar of her future husband Neil Giraldo on this song, which they continue to perform as the closing number on their “35th Anniversary Tour.” The single’s flip side was “My Clone Sleeps Alone” which Pat Benatar co-wrote with their bassist Roger Capps. It started with a gentle beginning, allowing Pat Benatar’s voice to shine through before shifting to a rock beat, hovering a bit on the early new wave sound. The mix of science fiction lyrics and music, like the work of David Bowie, was intriguing and the subject of cloning was topical at the time. Alice Cooper would peak at number 40 with “Clones” months later. Like “Promises in the Dark,” six singles later there was an element of musical drama on par with the compositions Jim Steinman has provided to Meat Loaf.
Flip side: "Jealousys"
A side: "You Really Got a Hold on Me"
Top 100 debut: November 25, 1978
Peak position: 72
For the third single from Eddie Money’s self-titled debut, his bluesy cover version of the Miracles’ “You Really Got a Hold on Me” was selected, the only remake on the successful album. Sales of this single fell way below its Top 40 predecessors, due mainly to the fact that most fans had already bought the album by then and were waiting for the next one to follow in January. The flip side “Jealousys” was more in line with the hit singles, sharing the tempo of “Baby Hold On” and the power of “Two Tickets to Paradise.” As unusual as the spelling of “Jealousys,” the lyrical content did not deal with relationships of couples but the relationships of people and nations. The first verse was an implied plea for unlike people to get along. The second verse became more specific with Russia and China being singled out as potential threats, leading to a couplet of hope, “I'll be looking at a world where no one's first, where angry arms can open and embrace.” Tom Scott provided a nice guest saxophone accent to this song co-written by Eddie Money and his guitarist Jimmy Lyon. After the 1979 album “Life for the Taking” brought “Maybe I’m a Fool” to the Top 40 in February, Eddie Money had enough hit singles to become an exciting opening act for the Rolling Stones tour.
Warren Kurtz writes the column Fabulous Flip Sides for Goldmine’s print publication.
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