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Baio, Scott - 1982 Scott Baio

ARTIST: Baio, Scott
ALBUM: Scott Baio
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Scott Baio - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wanted For Love * 02 What Was In That Kiss * 03 Runnin' Out Of Reasons To Go * 04 How Do You Talk To Girls * 05 Half The World * 06 Woman, I Love Only You * 07 When You Find Someone Who Loves You * 08 What Am I Supposed To Do * 09 Looking For The Right Girl * 10 Midnight Confessions

WEBLINKS: www.scottbaio.com

One of those 'child stars' that just won't grow up and go away, Scott Baio as 'Chachi' on the long running sitcom 'Happy Days' and not forgetting (but trying!) 'Charles In Charge' was annoying enough; did we really need not one but two recent reality shows concerning his dysfunctional love life? I think not, but Scott does have some melodic credibility co-starring with Jodie Foster and Cherie Currie in the Angel movie that never was - 'Foxes' and releasing two pop albums in the early 80's. Much has been made about the cover of his debut and the similarities with Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', but who cares? More interesting is the lack of credits on the record sleeve other than co-producer Bob Reno whose previous credentials included a few disco acts for Casablanca Records and a cut on a John Travolta album. Based on this, I can imagine many musicians wanted nothing to do with such a project, hiding behind the scenes willing to take the money but not the credit for what was to come, but the final result was not bad. In fact, Baio's debut is a charming little pop record and worth another look.

The Songs
Now I'll be the first to admit this is pretty lightweight stuff brought home by the fact the inner sleeve doubles as a full colour poster of Baio. Good grief. Compounding the cotton candy factor is the song titles which are as cavity inducing as a bag of Snickers and for those of you looking for a hard rocking AOR classic will be sorely disappointed. Having said this, pop fans who appreciate the genius of Ron Dante as well as The Osmonds, DeFranco Family and other bubblegum delights will fall under Baio's spell. The first three tracks 'What Was In That Kiss', 'Wanted For Love' and 'Woman, I Love Only You' are the record's best, reminding me of Bubblegum's peak period between 1969 and 1972. This is seriously good stuff and thankfully Baio does not go trendy as most of this album is orchestrated to the hilt. There is no new wave faceless pop. No synth stabs and jangle guitar found anywhere, as if MTV and current trends didn't exist. Baio's vocals are good and he handles the material well enough although at times he does seem to struggle in the higher range. Still, there's plenty to like and on pop gems like Rick Springfield's 'How Do You Talk To Girls', the Mark Spiro penned 'Looking for the Right Girl' and his A-OK cover of 'Midnight Confessions' how can you resist?

In Summary
This album received some pretty good press at the time as well; my guess is surprising many who expected the worst. A follow-up album The Boys Are Out Tonight' released later in 1982 is a little more difficult to find and is still unheard by this reviewer. A CD reissue of both albums and a list of who actually played on this particular record would be nice. Maybe one day..

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#1 | jeffrey343 on November 11 2008 21:57:34
Both this and the second album 'The Boys Are Out Tonight' are available on Rhapsody. They're not bad by any means, but Scott is definitely not the greatest of vocalists. Some of the tunes would sound really good with the right pipes ('What Am I Supposed To Do' from this one, 'Heartbreaker' from the next). They're definitely lightweight, though. The second one has more of a 50's feel to it for several songs.
#2 | gdazegod on November 09 2013 02:04:58
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#3 | gdazegod on November 09 2013 02:05:27
I don't really know what to make of this.. Shock
#4 | gdazegod on October 23 2015 06:36:30
Have never been able to find the session musicians an lineup who played on this. Perhaps they are too scared to reveal their involvement.. lol!
#5 | gdazegod on June 20 2016 23:43:57
From the file/folder called 'Stupidity'.

This week Scott Baio went from obscure trivia answer to national laughing stock when he appeared on Fox Business to float the idea that President Obama is a secret Muslim whose 'end game' is to 'totally eliminate the United States as it was created.' Baio's evidence for these rather serious allegations: A few right-wing memes and the words of Donald Trump, who spent this week accusing Obama of cooperating with ISIS.

When one accuses the President of the United States of treason, he or she might expect a bit of push back. But when it came, Baio became unglued and has been threatening to sue those on Twitter who are currently having a blast mocking him.

Read it and weep.. lol!

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