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Change – A Lover’s Holiday

A Lover's Holiday by ChangeThe last dying breaths of disco are clearly heard in “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change.

There is nothing wrong with the song. In fact, it’s a wonderfully produced disco gem that features all the disco trademarks including:

  • Dual-tracked female singers
  • A consistent disco beat
  • Vocal references to roller skates
  • Soaring strings at all the right moments

“A Lover’s Holiday” should have been a hit. Instead it only reached number 40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980.

Here’s the problem: the song came out at least two years too late.

Disco listeners were ready for this song in 1977 or 1978 as an aural addition to the brilliant disco canon established by the greatest disco band of all time, Chic.

Instead, Change sounds like the poor-man’s version of Chic.

Listen to Change by A Lover’s Holiday

Featuring Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, Chic created such dance anthems as “Good Times” and “”Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” and “Le Freak.”

Chic also penned “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge and “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross.

The boys had serious songwriting chops and their songs have aged incredibly well.

In case you’ve forgotten, “Good Times” by Chic was the instrumental bed for the first big rap song, “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang that reached number 36 in 1980 and turned The Sugarhill Gang into cherished hip-hop icons and one-hit wonders.

And here’s one more Chic one-hit wonder connection for you: Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson were part of three-hit wonders, The Power Station and their hits “Some Like it Hot” and “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”, which was a cover of one-hit wonder T-Rex’s original hit “Get It One (Bang a Gong)” from 1971.

And finally, if you haven’t tired of all the Chic and The Power Station connections to one-hit wonders, you have to add “Take It Easy” by Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and The Power Station fame. His song “Take It Easy” sounds remarkably similar in production to “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” by The Power Station.

As for Change, well, they released seven albums, scored this Billboard Top 40 hit and became one-hit wonders who are largely forgotten today through no fault of their own since “A Lover’s Holiday” is as good as more than half of the disco songs that became bigger hits (see “Disco Lucy” by the Wilton Place Street Band and “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees for examples of bad songs that became big hits).

“A Lover’s Holiday” is more proof that timing is everything–no matter how good your song may be.

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3 Responses to "Change – A Lover’s Holiday"

  1. Jim Barton says:

    I remember that song, and I agree with your sentiment about timing. Does anybody remember a 1980 song called “Come Back”? That was the J. Geils Band’s kick at the disco cat, and I’ve often thought that had it come out six months earlier, it might’ve been a bigger hit.

    Of course, the J. Geils Band did eventually have “Centerfold,” not one of their best moments. And to think I actually liked the danged thing when it came out–I guess years of living on Kauai, just out of reach of the two good FM rock stations in Honolulu (one, the old “Duke 98 Rock” did have an off-and-on fuzzy signal, the other didn’t reach Kauai at all) must’ve warped my brain to the point where I thought “Centerfold” was a good song! Ditto with “Abracadabra”!

  2. John says:

    Every now and again I come across a “blog” so spectacularly ignorant I really gasp.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Greatest-Hits-Essential-Tracks-Change/dp/B002VEEQG2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341766359&sr=8-1

    do you guys ever do any research, even a quick google, before you “post”?

  3. Michael Waterman says:

    John,

    I’m curious what about this article was “spectacularly ignorant.” Disco was dying in the United States by 1980. New Wave, heavy metal, modern music, alternative music, etc. were all becoming more popular. In the article, I pay tribute to Chic and it’s clear that Change was influenced by the sound of that transformative band. I don’t insult Change. I even say that “A Lover’s Holiday” is “a wonderfully produced disco gem.”

    Please, help me understand. What am I missing here? Change reached the American Billboard Top 40 only once in their career. Sure, they released seven albums with each subsequent album charting lower than the prior record on the US pop charts. But they never became a household name to the average pop music listener (fans of disco, r&b, funk and soul definitely know their name and works, however).

    I’m hopeful you’ll respond. A link to Greatest Hits and Essential Tracks isn’t a real compelling argument since you can find similar packages for virtually any band who ever released two records or more–even if they never charted a song in the Billboard Top 40.
    Michael

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