The Cheap Seats
|"The Cheap Seats"|
|Single by Alabama|
|from the album Cheap Seats|
|Released||April 11, 1994|
|Writer(s)||Marcus Hummon, Randy Sharp|
Larry Michael Lee
|Alabama singles chronology|
"The Cheap Seats" is a song written by Marcus Hummon and Randy Sharp, and recorded by American country music group Alabama. It was released in April 1994 as the third single and title track from their album Cheap Seats. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in mid-1994. It also peaked at number 6 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.
Dan Cooper of Allmusic called the song "way cute" in his review of the album. Tom Roland of New Country magazine praised the song for "avoiding the now-stale Dixie tributes" that were present in the band's other songs.
The music video was directed by Deaton-Flanigen and features the band at a baseball game. It is strongly implied that Des Moines is the "middle-sized town" in question, as it does indeed have a AAA minor league team (Iowa Cubs) and is in fact "in the middle of the Midwest". It was filmed at historic Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and also in the band's hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama.
"The Cheap Seats" debuted at number sixty five on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 16, 1994.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||6|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||13|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||77|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 19.
- Cooper, Dan. "Cheap Seats review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
- Roland, Tom (March 1994). "Album reviews: Cheap Seats". New Country 1 (1): 48–49. ISSN 1074-536X.
- "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 4, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Alabama Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alabama.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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