Your Love Was on the Rebound

Uriah Heep are an English rock band that formed in London in 1969.  They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide and they had over 4 million in US sales.  The origins of this band go all the way back to 1967 when the 19-year-old guitarist Mick Box formed a band in Brentwood called The Stalkers that played cover songs.  When the bands singer left, drummer Roger Penlington suggested his cousin David Garrick as a replacement.  Box and Garrick instantly formed a partnership and, they set up a new band called Spice, and this is when David Garrick changed his surname to Byron.  Drummer Alex Napier joined, and bassist Paul Newton of the Gods completed the line-up.  From the very beginning Spice avoided playing covers. 

The four-piece band then changed their name to the scheming, parasitic lawyer from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, Uriah Heep whose name become synonymous with being a “yes man”.  Uriah Heep has been acknowledged as one of the classic examples of early heavy metal and they decided to change their sound by adding keyboards so they picked up Ken Hensley, a former colleague of Newton in the Gods, who was then playing guitar in Toe Fat.  Uriah Heep went through four drummers during their first year.  In the late 60s, they were known for their soft and sweet harmonies, because they had five singers in the band, and that became their trademark.  Uriah Heep rose to become one of the most important hard rock acts, along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.  In the 1980s, they became more of a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States.

Uriah Heep entered the ‘80s on a downward slide, but their 14th studio album Abominog released in 1982 was critically acclaimed and it is considered to be a comeback album for the band, as it became a commercial success getting strong reviews.  ‘On the Rebound’ was originally recorded by Russ Ballard, on his 1980 Russ Ballard & the Barnet Dogs album.  Abominog is the name of the orange demon dude that appears on the cover of this album.  Mick Box deserves credit for keeping the band going, in this period when it seemed like they lost their way.  Abominog was the first album by the new Uriah Heep, as old members left and new ones joined and they featured a new wave sound.  The album was full of covers which alienated a lot of their fans.  Uriah Heep’s only remaining original member is Mick Box and he has been in this group for 40 years, playing in 53 countries around the globe.

This song is about somebody that falls in love and it is told from the man’s point of view about a girl who is on the rebound.  People have a tendency to jump into new relationships because they had their heart broken in their previous one.  It may be hard to get over an ex, and the rebound relationship can be a nice way for you to temporarily forget them.  In this song a guy gets hurt because the girl he is with, seems to have chosen him because she was on a rebound and he got nothing but pain from this relationship.

On the rebound, on the rebound
That’s how you fell for me
That’s how you changed my life
You cut me like a knife

On the rebound, on the rebound
You came, you saw, you took
It only took one look
And lady, I was hooked

On the rebound, it’s a replay
Your love was on the rebound
On the rebound
You came and took my soul
You came and left a hole
Where your love used to be

On the rebound, on the rebound
You like to drown in your tears
And after all these years
You give your pain to me

On the rebound, you came to me, babe
On the rebound, to set you free
On the rebound, too bad for me
Your love was on the rebound

You came to me
To set you free
To pray for me
It’s a replay
You came to repay
It’s a replay
To set you free
Just a replay
Your love was
Just a replay

Written for Mindlovemisery Menagerie MM Music challenge about the Laura Branigan song ‘Gloria’.

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