Is this Barry Manilow song the uncoolest remake in the '80s?
It’s past Labor Day, so its time for the Fashion Police to send out an APB. After Labor Day, you are not supposed to wear white anymore, so it’s best we give the hint to Barry Manilow and Let’s Hang On.
Let’s Hang On is a remake of the 1965 Four Seasons No. 3 hit and peaked at No. 32 on the singles chart in 1982. In the video, Manilow and his date visit the drive-in and you get to see many wardrobe changes including an all-white ensemble that makes you wonder who raided his wardrobe? The answer, of course, is Shermer High Vice Principal Richard Vernon.
It is true that the “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” started in the ‘80s, however it was more like the 1880’s not the 1980’s according to this article from Mental Floss.
It also seems unfashionable these days to like Barry Manilow; however, I must admit that I do listen to Let’s Hang On and other Manilow songs from time to time. The stark truth is that Manilow had 10 of his 25 Top 40 hits in the ‘80s and is still a big concert draw even after he became the butt of jokes in The Breakfast Club.