“I Want to Be Loved Like That”
Written by Phil Banhart, Sam Hogin, and Bill LaBounty
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 14, 1994
Shenandoah returns to the top for the first time in four years.
The Road to No. 1
Since the last time we saw Shenandoah, they ran into some legal problems with their band name and it helped spur a label change. An eighties band changing labels during the early nineties boom was never going to be easy, but they remained a somewhat steady presence on radio with their first RCA album, Long Time Comin’. It produced a top five single with “Rock My Baby,” and two moderate hits that fell short of the top ten. Their next label project, Under the Kudzu, launched with the top fifteen hit “Janie Baker’s Love Slave,” and was followed by the band’s two most recent No. 1 singles.
The No. 1
“I Want to Be Loved Like That” is, by a wide margin, the better of their two No. 1 singles from this album.
It’s one of those three act vignettes that has the narrator observing the kind of love that he wants to have: the Natalie Wood-James Dean relationship from Rebel Without a Cause; the love of his parents; and the devotion of an elderly widow still placing flowers on his wife’s headstone, seven years after her death.
It’s understated and underproduced, which is better than the alternative, I suppose. But really, this record is saved by Marty Raybon, who gives a fantastic vocal performance that suggests an almost desperate loneliness, as if what he’s yearning for will remain forever out of reach.
He elevates the material to a higher level through his work here.
The Road From No. 1
I’m not even going to speak about their next No. 1 single until I absolutely have to. We’ll get there soon enough.
“I Want to Be Loved Like That” gets a B.
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