Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Commodores - "Oh No"

Oh No - The Commodores: Anthology

(Debuted September 26, 1981, Peaked #4, 19 Weeks on the Charts)

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Last American Virgin, a film that I feel is sorely underrated because it tends to get tossed in with the other high school-set comedies of the era. Yes, much of the movie's first half deserves that fate, but the film's plot takes an unexpected (and more serious) detour later on that makes it much more memorable. It also has a very good soundtrack, including this song by The Commodres. Fittingly, a song called "Oh No" appears as the movie is getting ready to enter the more serious plotline.

"Oh No" is also notable as the last Commodores hit to reach the Top 40 while Lionel Richie was a member. The tender ballad hit the Top 5 on the pop, R&B and adult contemporary charts. The lyrics expressed dismay that the narrator was falling hopelessly in love, but the object of his affection wasn't all that interested in him. That showed some depth in Richie's songwriting, and was the perfect theme song to use for the love triangle-gone-wrong in The Last American Virgin.

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