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Hit Rewind to 1989: “Calling It Love” by Animotion

  • Weeks on Billboard Hot 100:  9
  • Highest Chart Position:  53
  • From the “Animotion (Room to Move)” album

Calling It Love” is the second single from Animotion (Room to Move).

In the midst of recording their third album, Animotion went through personnel changes, as all three of the remaining founding members (Bill Wadhams, Astrid Plane and Charles Ottavio) departed. Following their departure, Ottavio and Plane married. Actress/dancer/singer Cynthia Rhodes, known for her performance as the character “Penny Johnson” in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, replaced Plane as female lead singer, and former solo artist/Device member Paul Engemann replaced Wadhams as the male lead for Animotion’s second self-titled album, informally known as “Room to Move” (due to the success of this song) to distinguish it from their first LP. Incidentally, Engemann’s former band, Device had also included Holly Knight (co-writer of “Obsession”). By the time of this third album’s release, only Kirkpatrick and Smith remained officially in the “band” backing Rhodes and Engemann, and other session musicians were used during its recording.

The single “Room to Move”, a remake of a 1988 song by the group Climie Fisher, became a radio hit in April 1989, and their second Top 10 hit in the US, aided by its inclusion in the movie My Stepmother is an Alien. However, the album itself did not crack the top 100 on the charts, and Animotion broke up after that.


Check out this song along in my Spotify playlist from 1989:


This blog is all about respect, appreciation and love for all things 80s.  Growing up in the “Decade of Excess”, music played a major role in my life.  Many times, I found myself loving album tracks or singles that failed to crack the Billboard Top 40 lists each week.  30 years later, we have this blog (and my list of 1,960 singles) to rewind and share all of the songs that were released as singles, but failed to crack the Billboard Top 40.

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