Blondes (Have More Fun)

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For the Rod Stewart album of the same name, see Blondes Have More Fun.
"Blondes (Have More Fun)"
Blondes (Have More Fun) label.jpg
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Blondes Have More Fun
B-side "Best Days of My Life"
Released April 1979
Format 7" single
Genre Rock and roll
Length 3:46
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Jim Cregan, Rod Stewart
Producer(s) Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Ain't Love a Bitch"
(1979)
"Blondes (Have More Fun)"
(1979)
"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right"
(1980)

"Blondes (Have More Fun)" is a song written by Rod Stewart and Jim Cregan that was originally released as the title track of Stewart's 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun. In some countries it was released as the third single off the album, following "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Ain't Love a Bitch". It only reached the Top 70 in the UK, topping out at #63 but reached #23 in Ireland.[1][2][3][4] The song was covered by Vince Neil on the Japanese version of his album Exposed.[5]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as being a "winning track" in the same mold as "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Ain't Love a Bitch".[6] The Beaver County Times described the song as "a rollicking Chuck Berry-style rocker, complete with honky-tonk piano."[7] CD Review described the song as a "barrelhouse rocker."[8] The Albany Herald wrote that the "hardrocking" song is one of the highlights among the songs of "up and down love affairs" on the Blondes Have More Fun album.[9] Rolling Stone Magazine critic Janet Maslin described it as one of the three "tolerable" songs on the album.[10] The Ottawa Journal similarly called it the best song on the album.[11] Author Sharon Davis described the song as Stewart's last hit before 1983's "Baby Jane."[12] Graham Hicks of the Edmonton Journal described a live performance of the song as a "rhythm and blues number", blaming the production for what he considered the blandness of the recorded version.[13] Critic Dave Tianen rated the song as Stewarts 4th worst (two notches better than 2nd place "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," saying that it "would almost be beneath RuPaul."[14] But critic Mark Brown considered it to be "wonderful."[15] "Blondes (Have More Fun)" was included on Rod Stewart's live video Live at the L.A. Forum.[16] A live version was also included on the 2014 album Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, S. (2012). Every Chart Topper Tells a Story: The Seventies. Random House. ISBN 9781780574103. 
  2. ^ "The Official Charts - Rod Stewart". The Official Charts. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts - All There Is To Know". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts - All There Is To Know". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Exposed: Japan Bonus Tracks". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Blondes Have More Fun". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Culture Corner". Beaver County Times. 8 April 1979. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  8. ^ . 8 (1-6). CD Review. 1991. p. xliii.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ United Press International (31 January 1979). "Rockers Modify Attitude Towards Disco". The Albany Herald. p. 11. 
  10. ^ Maslin, J. (February 8, 1979). "Blondes Have More Fun". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Stagnant Talent". Ottawa Journal. September 15, 1978. p. 25. Retrieved 2017-03-31 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ Davis, Sharon (2012). 80s Chart-Toppers: Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story. Random House. ISBN 9781780574110. 
  13. ^ Hicks, G. (14 April 1979). "Stewart Born to Rock". Edmonton Journal. p. 18. 
  14. ^ Tianen, D. (27 March 1996). "Stewart's Gems Stll Shine, But Legacy Is Unfilled Promise". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. p. 6E. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  15. ^ Brown, M. (1 October 1993). "Rod Stewart Still Wears It Well at 48". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. 23. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  16. ^ "Live at the L.A. Forum". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  17. ^ Erlewine, S.T. "Live 1976-1998: Tonight's the Night". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 

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