Every #1 Country Single of the Eighties: Exile, “Crazy For Your Love”

“Crazy For Your Love”


Written by Sonny LeMaire and J.P. Pennington

Radio & Records

#1 (1 week)

February 22, 1985


#1 (1 week)

February 9, 1985

Exile keeps to its typical groove on “Crazy For Your Love.”  

If you were to have this playing in the background, you’d be forgiven for confusing it with one of their other hits. Their understated approach works against the lyric here, which makes this effort less effective than it could have been:

I’m delirious over youAnd I just can’t get enoughYou’re driving me madMakin’ me crazy for your love
Thought I heard the telephone ringin’It must be my imaginationThought I heard a knockin’ on the doorI guess that it was wishful thinkin’

If you’re going to claim insanity, you’re going to need a bit more energy to make it a credible claim.  I’m not saying that they should’ve gone all “Somebody’s Watching Me,” but they barely sound awake on this track.  It’s mind-numbingly dull, like a Kidz Bop take on an Alabama ballad.

Next, please.

“Crazy For Your Love” gets a C.  

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1 Comment

  1. Exile’s legacy is just how little their run of number one hits failed to move country music’s needle in any direction.

    They are hard to hate, but as this single proves, they are equally hard to get excited about as a band.

    Competent mediocrity is the millstone that hangs heavily around their artistic necks.

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