Powerpop Friday – Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You

The Raspberries were a powerpop band out of Chicago.  I Wanna Be With You peaked at #16 in the Billboard 100 in 1973.  It was their first single release from their second LP, Fresh.[It became their second greatest US hit.

What a great time for powerpop… Badfinger, Big Star, and The Raspberries were out at the same time in this period. All of them had more influence than success. Badfinger and the Raspberries did hit the top twenty a few times but Big Star didn’t even make that…which is a crime.

I remember first hearing this song on AM radio walking into my sister’s wood paneling room. It was on a station called WMAK…disc Jockey was Coyote McCloud one of the most popular Disc Jockeys in Nashville. Funny I can remember that but hardly yesterday.

Alex Chilton of Big Star on hearing the Raspberries: “I remember when I first heard the Raspberries,” he said. “Big Star was in a van traveling around doing some dates and we heard Go All the Way on the radio, and we said, ‘Wow, those guys are really doing it!’ I thought that was a great song.”

 

I Wanna Be With You

If we were older
We wouldn’t have to
Be worried tonight

(CHORUS)
Baby, oh, I wanna be with you
So bad (yeah, I wanna be with you)
Oh, baby (oh, I wanna be with you)
Oh, yeah (yeah, I wanna be with you)

Well tonight’s
(Tonight) the night
We always knew it
Would feel so right
So come on, baby
I just wanna be with you

Well tonight’s
(Tonight) the night
We always knew it
Would feel so right
So come on, baby
I just wanna be with you

Oh, I wanna be with you
So bad (yeah, I wanna be with you)
Oh, baby (oh, I wanna be with you)
Oh, yeah (yeah, I wanna be with you)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby
So bad (yeah, I wanna be with you)
Oh, darling (oh, I wanna be with you)
Oh, yeah…

 

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

10 thoughts on “Powerpop Friday – Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You”

  1. Don’t think I’ve ever heard it before, but it sounds quite good. I might’ve guessed they were British if I didn’t know otherwise– sort of a retro, almost Kinks sound there?

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  2. To me The Raspberries are the epitome of power pop. They are so bubble gum (and I mean that in a good way) and then the power chords thunder and Eric Carmen pushes the vocal all the way to an eleven and it’s heaven. I love them but I don’t want to listen to an album of them. We have Fresh. It’s their best album, but they are a singles band.

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    1. They are a singles band no doubt. Carmen has such a good voice. Out of Badfinger and Big Star the Raspberries were the bubble gum band of the lot but like you…I mean that in the best possible way.

      My favorite song by them is “Overnight Sensation” which is the one song that goes beyond bubblegum…then they broke up.

      His voice is like McCartney on steroids.

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      1. That’s a good way to put it–about Carmen’s voice. I like him as a solo artist too. He’s a very strong lead singer. But I do err on the side of dramatic singers. For instance, I love Benny Mardones. She’s so French. Shelia C. Into the Night…

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      2. I just looked up Benny Mardones because the name didn’t ring a bell but I have heard him.

        I just wish the Raspberries could have stayed together a little while longer because of course I’m more of a fan of the powerpop side of Carmen but he sang great in whatever he did. He never revisited it afterward either.

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