Amanda – Boston

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on November 8th of 1986 after “More Than A Feeling” reached number five (1976) and “Don’t Look Back” made it to number four (1978), Boston finally scored their first and only number one single with “Amanda”. The song was written by Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, who was more concerned with crafting meticulous melodic rock than with pouring his heart out. The song is actually very romantic, with Brad Delp singing about telling his girl “I Love You” for the first time, which for most guys happens in a fit of passion, and in the famous Meat Loaf song, leads to a life sentence. This amorous spontaneity is typical of Boston’s music, which is all about feeling and living in the moment. “Amanda” was most likely chosen as a name because it scans so well, the perfect word to follow lines like “I’m gonna tell you right away, I can’t wait another day…” Boston’s first album was released in January 1977, and their second in September 1978. They were on schedule for a third album, which they started recording in 1981, when industry politics and creative differences shelved the project, and the band broke up, with guitarist Barry Goudreau releasing a solo album and drummer Sib Hashian joining Sammy Hagar’s band. Before the split, however, Boston put a lot of effort into recording this song, and by the time Third Stage was finally released in 1986, the band had used up about 12,000 hours of studio time. When the album was released, it was on MCA Records (Boston’s first two albums were on Epic), and the band was Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, Gary Phil (guitar) and Jim Masdea (drums). “Amanda” was the first track and first single from the album. It was followed by “We’re Ready” (#9 US) and “Can’tcha Say (You Believe In Me),” which was their last Top 40 hit, peaking at #20 in 1987.MTV launched in 1981, and once it caught on a few years later, just about every hit song had a video attached to it. This was one of the few exceptions, and the only #1 hit of 1986 without a video, since Boston didn’t make them for their songs. Boston fared much better in the US than in the UK, where their slick sound and intergalactic album art didn’t catch on. This song didn’t even chart in Britain; the album reached #1 in the US, but only #37 in the UK.