Written by Travis Tritt
#1 (1 week)
July 16, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 8, 1994
Travis Tritt returns to the top with one of his very best singles.
The Road to No. 1
After scoring one No. 1 hit from his third Warner Bros. album, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Tritt struggled at radio with the next three singles, all of which missed the top ten and one of which missed the top twenty. Tritt regrouped, working on a new album and autobiography of the same name, Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof. The lead single from his fourth WB set returned him to the top.
The No. 1
“Anymore” is Travis Tritt’s best ballad…unless it’s “Foolish Pride.”
Seriously, this song is a mini masterpiece. He gets into the inner monologues of a female and then a male lover, each estranged from their partner and forcing themselves to endure consequences that they would rather avoid, choosing mortal wounds to their souls over temporary wounds to their pride.
“She thinks if he calls him, it just shows weakness. So the hurt goes on with every tear she’s cried.”
“To apologize to her would be so simple. But instead he cries, ‘I’ll be damned if I’ll crawl.'”
Tritt does his best to play mediator in the chorus, speaking not to his doomed characters but to his listeners who recognize themselves in those characters: “Turn out the light, the competition’s over. The stubborn souls are the losers here tonight.”
1994’s No. 1 singles are giving me a little bit of whiplash. This year has brought some of the worst No. 1 singles of the decade, but “Foolish Pride” is easily one of the best.
The Road From No. 1
Tritt’s next two singles from Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof didn’t fare as well as “Foolish Pride.” The title track missed the top twenty and “Between an Old Memory and Me” missed the top ten. But with a clever music video strategy that reprised the characters from Tritt’s landmark “Anymore” clip, the fourth single returned Tritt to the top. We’ll cover it in 1995.
“Foolish Pride” gets an A.
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