Eddie Schwartz

Public Life

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Pulled from the same pocket as Eric Carmen and Leo Sayer, soft rocker Eddie Schwartz is better known as the man who wrote Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" than for anything he's ever sung, but his 1984 album Public Life did provide a couple of minor hits. "Don't Come to Me" was an after hours type love song with a sleepy pace, and "Special Girl" oozed attractively in its own schlock candor, covered just as well by America a short time later. "Strike" had a short stint on radio as well, rounding out the album's most worthy attributes. Guitarist Rick Derringer plays a few mediocre solos throughout the eight tunes, but it's not enough to release the album from it's banal grasp. Schwartz did have a hit on Billboard two years earlier though, hitting number 28 with "All Our Tomorrows," which incorporated the same amative recipe as the songs on this album.

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