Thursday, March 15, 2012

Corey Hart - "It Ain't Enough"

It Ain't Enough - Corey Hart: The Singles

(Debuted September 29, 1984, Peaked #17, 18 Weeks on the Chart)

For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, this may come as a bit of a shock: Corey Hart will be celebrating his 50th birthday in a couple of months. The Canadian-born singer made his first appearance on the Hot 100 in 1984 with the instant classic "Sunglasses at Night," and followed it up with a ballad called "It Ain't Enough" that was a totally different feel from the synth-driven sound of the first hit.

That said, there are several 1980s music cliches on display in the song: the sparse guitar chords that accent to lyrics, the brooding saxophone, the background singers echoing his words and the drums that are mixed way too loud in the mix. Despite all that, the lyrics express a devotion that is unending (even as he seems to be complaining that he isn't able to do enough to please her) but is metaphorical. I'll bet that once he got married, he learned a totally different idea about what "ain't enough" for her.

In 1984, however, the song was an easy touch that was a popular "request line" song even though it stalled at #17 in its chart run. Funny thing about Corey Hart's career...he had 9 songs that reached the Top 40 through 1990 and even had a bigger hit in 1985 with "Never Surrender," but is often considered to be a One-Hit Wonder for "Sunglasses At Night."


  1. awesome. you should check out and then go to ; and 'like' his page. He will be doing a CBC special in 2013 to celebrate 25 yrs in music.

  2. here is a quote from Corey Hart's blog talking about the song 'it aint enough' and what it means
    'This may come as a shocker surprise to most of you but it was not for a girl. It was written for all the record labels that kept rejecting me. By late August when I wrote the song several companies in NYC had already passed on my material. I felt rebuffed again. I couldn’t understand why they didn’t like me? What was I doing wrong? What do they freaking want !?

    ‘It Ain’t Enough, It Ain’t Enough’ Nothing’s enough for you!´.