Friday, August 3, 2012

Billy Satellite - "I Wanna Go Back"

I Wanna Go Back - Billy Satellite

(Debuted December 8, 1984, Peaked #78, 4 Weeks on the Chart)

While "I Wanna Go Back" is associated with Eddie Money, it charted well before he recorded it. It was written by three members of Billy Satellite, a band from Oakland, California. Monty Byrom, Tom Chancey and Ira Walker wrote the song, which sounds like a streamlined version of the tune that Money took into the Top  40 in 1987. It has the synthesizer lines, but fewer guitar riffs and no saxophone.

They ended up with two minor chart singles, but split up before recording a follow-up LP. After the split, Byrom worked with Money (after he recorded "I Wanna Go Back") and led the country band Big House. Chancey joined the group .38 Special in 1987 and remains with them today.

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