Patio Lanterns

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"Patio Lanterns"
Patio Lanterns single cover.jpg
Single by Kim Mitchell
from the album Shakin' Like a Human Being
ReleasedJune 1986
RecordedLe Studio
Morin-Heights, Quebec
Length3:24[1]
LabelAlert[2]
Songwriter(s)Kim Mitchell
Pye Dubois[1]
Producer(s)Kim Mitchell[3][1]
Kim Mitchell singles chronology
"All We Are"
(1984)
"Patio Lanterns"
(1986)
"Alana Loves Me"
(1986)

"Patio Lanterns" is a song by Kim Mitchell that was first released as a single in June 1986[2][1] and later appeared in the 1986 album Shakin' Like a Human Being.[2] An acoustic recording of the song was released as a single in 1995[2] and also included in the album Greatest Hits released the same year.

By 1996, the song had been broadcast on Canadian radio stations more than 100,000 times.[4] "Patio Lanterns", "Alana Loves Me", "Easy To Tame" and other songs from Mitchell's repertoire have been credited for his increasing exposure in 1980s and 1990s Top 40 AM radio in Canada.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song was reviewed by Billboard in the 21 June 1986 issue, and was described as "contorted imagery presented in a Jackson Browne soundalike manner".[1] In 2008, Lynn Peppas of the Welland Tribune stated that "Patio Lanterns" and other Mitchell songs ("Go for Soda", "All We Are", and "Rock 'n' Roll Duty") are "timeless summer rock anthems".[5]

In the article Across the Great Divide, author Barry Grant states that Canadian rock and roll differentiates itself from American rock and roll by its use of ironic subversiveness applied to the pop culture American genre. Jeannette Sloniowski and Joan Nicks state that Patio Lanterns fit that model, one of the few songs by popular Canadian rock musicians to do so.[6] (They argue that most Canadian rock ironists are cult figures, not popular ones.)

Music video[edit]

The music video created for the song has been described as "a lighthearted piece".[7] It includes concert footage commingled with "conceptual sequences centering on a summer patio party".[7] It was directed by Stephen Reynolds, produced by Allan Weinrib, and edited by Chris Cooper.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on Billboard's album rock tracks on 26 July 1986[8] at position 50.[9] It peaked at position 36 for two weeks,[10][11] and remained on the Billboard album rock tracks chart for six weeks.[8] For the week ending 14 August 1986, the song had reached #20 on The Record charts in Canada.[12]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[13] 13
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[14] 12
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[15] 36

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Billboard & 21 June 1986, p. 73.
  2. ^ a b c d e The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ Billboard & 5 July 1986, p. 72.
  4. ^ LeBlanc 1996, p. 50.
  5. ^ Peppas 2008.
  6. ^ Sloniowski & Nicks 2002, p. 178-179.
  7. ^ a b c Billboard & 2 August 1986, p. 57.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn 2002, p. 96.
  9. ^ Billboard & 26 July 1986, p. 15.
  10. ^ Billboard & 9 August 1986, p. 14.
  11. ^ Billboard & 16 August 1986, p. 15.
  12. ^ Billboard & 30 August 1986, p. 73.
  13. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary peak
  14. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  15. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Kim Mitchell > Chart History > Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-12.

References[edit]

  • LeBlanc, Larry (7 December 1996). "SOCAN awards Canada's songwriters". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 108 (49). ISSN 0006-2510.
  • Peppas, Lynn (30 July 2008). "Kim Mitchell: then and now". Welland Tribune. Canoe Sun Media. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  • Sloniowski, Jeannette; Nicks, Joan, eds. (2002). Slippery Pastimes: Reading the Popular in Canadian Culture. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 0889203881.
  • Whitburn, Joel (2002). Rock tracks. Music Reference Series. Record Research. ISBN 0898201535.
  • "Artist: Mitchell, Kim". The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia. Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  • "Singles: Pop". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (25). 21 June 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Reviews: Pop". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (27). 5 July 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Album Rock Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (30). 26 July 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Video Track". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (31). 2 August 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Album Rock Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (32). 9 August 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Album Rock Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (33). 16 August 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.
  • "Hits of the World". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 98 (35). 30 August 1986. ISSN 0006-2510.