“I Don’t Want to Be a Memory”
Written by Sonny LeMaire and J.P. Pennington
#1 (1 week)
July 14, 1984
Exile’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory” is as paint by numbers as it gets.
That might be an unavoidable outcome of a pop band crossing over to country during this time period. It’s the sound of a band trying to fit in, so we get a generic heartbreak lyric, Alabama-inspired harmonies, and some light island instrumentation thrown in for good measure.
It’s all done competently, and it’s hard to fault any individual element. There’s just nothing distinctive about it. Nothing about it declares that this is an Exile record.
As radio filler goes, it’s fine. But I forget everything about it when it finishes playing.
“I Don’t Want to Be a Memory” gets a C.
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