Every #1 Country Single of the Eighties: Alabama, “Close Enough to Perfect”

“Close Enough to Perfect”


Written by Carl Chambers

Radio & Records

#1 (2 weeks)

October 22 – October 29, 1982


#1 (1 week)

October 30, 1982

So I had this running theory back in the day that Brad Paisley was rewriting old country hits.

For me, the most egregious example was “Mud On the Tires,” which was K.T Oslin’s “Hey Bobby” without the charisma and the wit. 

I never connected “Little Moments” to another song before, but hearing Alabama’s “Close Enough to Perfect” and having the same visceral reaction that I had to “Moments” makes me wonder if one patronizing love song inspired another.

Now this one isn’t nearly as bad as “Little Moments” in its condescension, but it does open with this couplet:

Sometimes her morning coffee’s way too strongAnd sometimes what she says she says all wrong

Where the Alabama record does more successfully is make the love sound believable.  Paisley’s record drips with contempt for his partner from start to finish. The Alabama boys seem to be defending her against external criticisms, which is an entirely different beast:

Don’t you worry about my womanAnd what you think she ought to beShe’s close enough to perfect for me

See, the little moments that Owen and his band are living for are the tender ones of unconditional love, not the moments of embarrassment that have the guy laughing while the girl’s in tears.   So good on them for that.

“Close Enough to Perfect” gets a B

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  1. Spot-on take. I have no idea of how it only occurred to me that this song was a better version of “Little Moments” until RIGHT BEFORE I clicked the link to this, but there you go. Heh.

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