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Single Of The Week 14/05/98

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
Glass Tiger
MH.1803

In the last Single of the Week review, I was commenting on how Australian acts did manage in many instances to break out of their regional constraints and have international hits. It's worth remembering, though, that acts which Australians think of as decade-long successes are likely to be remembered in the US and UK as one-hit wonders. Take, for instance, Icehouse, who had a string of hit albums here throughout the 1980s but managed just one substantial hit in the US ('Electric Blue') and not many more in the UK. Or what about good-time party funsters Mental As Anything, noted chiefly in the UK for their Crocodile Dundee-induced hit 'Live It Up'?

It seems to me a similar logic applies to Canadian acts (with the exception of the always appalling Ms Dion). Most people only remember Corey Hart for one hit, 1984's 'Sunglasses At Night', but he continued recording in Canada throughout the 80s and occasionally released records overseas to virtually no effect. (These days, he lines his pockets writing songs for the aforementioned singing French stick, a sad end, I feel.)

Much the same can be said of Glass Tiger, who got their kickstart into fame by collaborating with Jim Vallance, Bryan Adams' one-time writing partner. They eventually racked up enough albums and singles to release a Greatest Hits compilation, and could well be working still for all I know. However, I'd bet reasonable sums of money that all most people can remember is their classic first hit, 'Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)'.

Still, if you're only going to be remembered for one song, this'd be the one to pick. Classic production, a stirring lyric, and an overall sound you can't help imagining in a movie somewhere. What was with the band name, though?


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