Sunday, September 29, 2013

8th Day -- "You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)"

Happy Sunday to all of you!
When I first heard today's tune on the radio, the sound instantly reminded me of some other group. It turned out I was right. 8th Day was actually nobody else than 100 Percent Proof (Aged in Soul.) The little story behind this masquerade is that Holland-Dozier-Holland did not want to jeopardize the sales of 100 Percent Proof's promising release of "She's Not Just Another Woman." The song would have rivaled their "Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed" which was on its way up in the charts. So, "She's Not Just Another Woman" was released under the pseudonym 8th Day. It turned out to have been a great idea. In 1971, the song was awarded a gold disc. 
Today's pick was the second and last successful release by 8th Day. "You've Got To Crawl" also made it into the charts, but the group was not able to reproduce its previous success and soon disappeared into oblivion. 

'You've Got To Crawl" also appeared on The Lost Generation's 1972 album Young, Tough And Terrible (Brunswick). But their cover did not come close to the original, in my opinion. 

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