A lot of the musical and lyrical fortitude conspicuously absent from the overwhelming majority of Elton John’s (keyboards/vocals) late ‘70s and early ‘80s materials, returned together with lyricist Bernie Taupin and the ‘basic’ quartet — that includes Dee Murray (bass/backing vocals), Davey Johnstone (guitar/backing vocals) and Nigel Olsson (drums) — on John’s earlier lengthy participant Too Low For Zero (1982). Breaking Hearts (1984) furthered their re-solidification as a formidable pop music combo. The primary tune extracted from the LP, “Unhappy Songs (Say So A lot)” likewise continued the lofty chart motion that had begun with “I Guess That’s Why They Name It The Blues” — each of which reached the High 5. Moreover worthy of word is that these two singles garnered John his first again to again hits in over half a decade. One other correlation between the 2 is their melancholy nature. Somewhat than pen one other darkish relationship vignette, Taupin in essence deconstructs the aim and supreme emotional usefulness of lonely and unrequited ‘tear in my beer’ balladry. Traces comparable to “‘Trigger from the lips of some previous singer/We share the troubles we already know” or “It feels so good to harm so dangerous/And endure simply sufficient to sing the blues” delve into the pop psyche, revealing why these communal antidotes are so efficient. Melodically, “Unhappy Songs (Say So A lot)” is pretty typical of the simple going Grownup Modern model that John had veered towards earlier within the decade with tracks comparable to “Little Jeannie” and “Blue Eyes”. His capacity to create — if not grasp — pop music moods and textures is obvious within the effectiveness retained in his greater than succesful efficiency model. The backing trio, whereas arguably are instrumentally underneath utilized on this explicit monitor, do revive their wealthy vocal harmonies. They’re paying homage to the hermetic contributions on the hit “Somebody Saved My Life Tonight” and the lesser-known album monitor “Pinky” from Caribou (1974). In a uncommon transfer, John reworked the tune for Sasson Denims — who promoted a minimum of one leg (pun meant) of John’s Breaking Hearts tour in 1984/1985. The ensuing advert was completed within the concurrently widespread music video development of product placement with Sir Elton warbling that “Sasson’s Say So A lot”. Yikes! The promotional marketing campaign didn’t final very lengthy, though a uncommon and restricted version image disc of the only was issued by the designer to assist additional promote his wares.