Song of the Day #5,180: ‘That’s the Way’ – Katrina and the Waves

My final one-hit wonder is a band that probably doesn’t deserve the designation. Yes, Katrina and the Waves are known first and foremost for ‘Walking on Sunshine,’ but their catalog boasts a few other songs that can legitimately be described as hits.

Those songs include ‘Do You Want Crying?,’ which appeared on the same 1985 self-titled album as ‘Sunshine,’ and ‘Is That It?,’ which appeared on the follow-up album, Waves. It also includes 1997’s ‘Love Shine a Light,’ which beat ‘Sunshine’ on the charts in five countries (including the UK) and won that year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

But the track I’m featuring today appeared on the band’s 1989 album Break of Hearts, and is the only song other than ‘Sunshine’ to reach the Billboard top 20 in the United States.

‘That’s the Way’ is another buoyant pop song, reminiscent of but nowhere near as catchy as ‘Walking on Sunshine.’ I wonder if any of my readers will remember it.

Slow your lovin’ up
Slow your lovin’ down
Love gaining not losin’ ground
No worry
No hurry
Take your sweet time
Baby

Dabble dally
Shilly shally
Slow down this ain’t a race car rally
Bit by bit
Inch by inch
Cool your heels
We’re hangin’ fire

That’s the way
That’s the way
That’s our love in slow motion

That’s the way
Like the way
That’s our love in slow motion

Strolling when we walk
Whisper when we talk

Grass growing right up under our feet
Oh stay
Lover
Delay
Lover
Take a little more time with me

That’s the way
That’s the way
That’s our love in slow motion

Slow down greased lightning
Make love
Gentle not frightening

Deep down devotion
That’s our love in slow motion

Lighten up and lay your rocket down

Little by little
Not in leaps and bounds
Ride at anchor restin’ on your oars

A little laissez-fair
Honey
More
More
More
More

That’s the way
That’s the way
That’s our love in slow motion

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,180: ‘That’s the Way’ – Katrina and the Waves

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Nope, don’t recall ever hearing this song. Katrina remains a one-hit-wonder to me.

    I enjoyed this series, and was thinking another series that might be interesting are artists who have sustained long careers without even having one hit song.

    • Clay says:

      The first name I thought of was Elvis Costello, but ‘Veronica’ actually made it to the top 20 in the U.S. and he’s had a number of top 10 hits in the UK. Ron Sexsmith would be a good example: 17 albums over 36 years and nothing in the singles charts.

      • Dana Gallup says:

        Here’s some possibilities (note some of these had covers of their songs make the top 40): Josh Rouse, Aimee Mann (solo), Lyle Lovett, Tiff Merritt, Rufus Wainwright, Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, Courtney Love/Hole, The Ramones, Bob Marley, Morrisey (solo), Tom Waits, the Velvet Underground, King Crimson. Indigo Girls, N.W.A.

  2. Peg says:

    Nope, don’t remember it either

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