Song Review: George LaMond – “Bad of the Heart”

“Bad of the Heart” was released as the lead-off single for George LaMond’s 1990 debut album, Bad of the Heart. The single was released on March 22, 1990, and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I had just turned 15 years old when this single was released. While it may have come out in March, I personally didn’t start hearing it until May or June of 1990, when it made it onto Radio & Records Top 40 chart and received airplay on Casey Kasem’s Weekly Top 40, since my local pop station didn’t play this song during their regular rotation. But when I heard this song on Casey Kasem’s show, it grabbed me immediately. It’s a very catchy and upbeat dance song, and George’s vocal delivery added some immediacy to the lyrics. “Bad of the Heart” ended up becoming my jam for the summer of 1990. And to be honest, I still enjoy this song as much today as I did 25 years ago.

The music video… what can I say about this? It’s very cheesy and includes a lot of shots that really don’t seem to make a lot of sense for the song. It’s also very obvious that this is a music video from the early 1990s, because the clothing styles that George and the dancers are wearing look rather dated. Some of the cinematography choices and editing decisions were also commonly used in music videos from that time period, so that also helps to date the video.

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